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Posted by Karla on October 27, 2000 at 06:56:35:

In Reply to: Notifying new employers of epilepsy condition posted by Dianna on October 25, 2000 at 11:35:23:

Dear Dianna,
I have interviewed for positions where technically you don't have to say anything if you don't think it will effect your job performance. So I didn't say anything. Then after I get offered the position and acceptted I told them and they got very upset and mad. Mad like they just got damaged merchandise and they are stuck with it and they are not happy and you will hear about it. And you do.
I have had interviews where I have chosen to be fair and upfront and honest and let them know about my seizures and just exactly how it may or may not effect my job performance. Dispel a lot of myths. Let them know my dr. would be happy to talk to them to answer any questions that I may have etc. I have seen the majority of the employers like this honesty. Sometimes there initial reaction is to blow up at me durring an interview and disqualify me from the interview process and demand that I reinterview over again but during the next interview say nothing of the disability. Because after I was honest in talking with them they/we were able to determine that my job could be performed no problem, etc. but I needed to be interviewed unbiased and unpredujudiciasly. That way if I don't get hired we know it was because of me and not because I had the disability.
So I would say be honest and upfront during your interview but beprepared for it to posibly require you to have 2 interviews then. Most employers don't mind hiring with disabilities they just don't want to be sitting in the dark about it.

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