Work Connection


Work accommodations resulting in favorable employment outcomes. An adequate work environment will subsequently improve quality of life by providing the means for self sustainability. Epilepsy often imposes an economic burden on the affected individual as well as their community; the disorder commonly affects young people in the most productive years of their lives, often leading to unavoidable unemployment. Despite medical advancements, providing the individual with epilepsy the potential to obtain and retain a job can be a formidable obstacle. The number of unemployed individuals with epilepsy remains disproportionately high.

Incorporating vocational aspects into the treatment plan is not only an important part of comprehensive epilepsy care, but also prepares individuals for success in employment. Individuals with epilepsy often do not have the information or skills to advocate for themselves. Frequently, the social stigma associated with epilepsy is a greater barrier to employment than the seizures themselves. Additionally employers are often are reluctant to hire people with epilepsy because of misconceptions, and once hired they often do not provide the appropriate accommodations needed for them to succeed on the job.

The outcome of developing awareness of accommodations for persons with epilepsy leads to improved function in work performance, resulting in an improved quality of life, and general social functioning.For individuals with epilepsy maintaining a normal lifestyle, retaining a job, and enhancing job performance through appropriate accommodations will significantly impact the community.

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Speak Up Speak Out Public Policy Network

Is Epilepsy Important to You?

suso_1Become a member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas Public Policy Network.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Central & South Texas believes there is a critical need to develop a strong, organized epilepsy advocacy network in our state. Such a group would help to protect the rights of people with epilepsy and seizure disorders. The group would also work to ensure that their concerns are fully considered by those formulating public policy and legislation.

The goal of the network is to educate legislators and other officials about the needs of persons with epilepsy, and to ensure that those who make the decisions do so with these needs in mind.

Members Needed!

Members of the Public Policy Network will have a voice in shaping the Foundation's public policy goals and will be directly involved in assuring that these goals are met. Network activities may include:

  • Writing letters and making phone calls
  • Encouraging others to join the network
  • Testifying at public hearings
  • Meeting with legislators and congressmen
  • Acting as a volunteer "telephone captain" within your district

Requirements to joining the network: 

  • 1-2 hours of time per month
  • An interest in improving the lives of persons with epilepsy
  • The desire to be involved in the legislative process

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Public Policy Network complete the following form, your information will be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas.  You will receive a confirmation email after you have submitted your information.

For more information or become a SUSO member please email us at Please remember to include your name, address, and phone number. If you prefer to call you may reach us at (210) 653-5353 or toll free at (888) 606-5353. Thank you for choosing to be a voice for persons with epilepsy.


We provide Advocacy and assistance with discrimination issues as well as full community participation. The Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas Advocacy Program assists those who are being discriminated against on the basis of their seizure disorder. Advocacy promotes policies and change that encourage full participation from people with epilepsy and their communities. For more information contact us.

Mediation and Brokering for Social Services and Benefits

support-crosswords-on-dicesEFCST assists people with epilepsy in securing social services and other government benefits for which they may be eligible, and assists by referring to sources of legal help in specific cases. For more information contact us.

Information and Referral (I&R)

IREFCST provides accurate epilepsy information and appropriate referrals to community agencies. We provide persons with epilepsy, families, and service providers with accurate, current information about the disorder, and referrals to appropriate services.

We respond to requests for information by telephone, mail, internet and in person. We provide brochures, information sheets and other materials. In addition we offer a lending library of videos, books and pamphlets. For more information contact us.