Epilepsy Facts & Stats – Epilepsy Frequently Asked Questions
A seizure dog is a dog that has learned how to respond to a seizure in someone who has epilepsy. Seizure dogs are trained as service animals for people with seizures. Therefore, the law protects people’s right to use service animals in public places. Service dogs are trained to do a variety of tasks including barking to alert caregivers when a seizure occurs, moving in a way to protect the person having a seizure, or activating an alarm.
To find a list of places that train service animals for individuals with seizures, go to Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Helpline Resources here.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must first have worked in jobs covered by Social Security. Then you must have a medical condition that meets Social Security’s definition of disability. In general, they pay monthly cash benefits to people who are unable to work for a year or more because of a disability.
Benefits usually continue until you are able to work again on a regular basis. There are also a number of special rules, called “work incentives.” These provide continued benefits and health care coverage to help you make the transition back to work.
Visit ssa.gov to learn more
Some epilepsies can be treated with medical devices. Some common devices used to control seizures are the VNS and RNS devices.
- VNS Therapy – Vagus Nerve Stimulation
- VNS Therapy consists of a device placed under the skin near the collarbone in the left side of the chest. An electrode attached to the generator is then connected to the vagus nerve in the left side of the neck.
- Programmed stimulation is delivered from the generator in the chest to the vagus nerve. Settings are adjusted by a nurse and doctor trained in VNS Therapy. A magnet is also used to trigger bursts of stimulation when a seizure happens.
- Visit http://bit.ly/VNStreatment to find out more.
- RNS Therapy – Responsive Neurostimulation
- The RNS® System is a smart device that is adjustable and reversible. Where it is placed and how it is used is tailored to each person. It learns what is going on in a person’s brain, and settings can be adjusted for each person.
- Most comprehensive epilepsy centers that provide epilepsy surgery also offer the RNS® System. Before having the RNS placed, a person must go though detailed testing to see where their seizures begin in the brain.
- Visit http://bit.ly/RNStreatment to find out more.
- Texas Workforce Commission
- “TWC’s Civil Rights Division’s programs provide an avenue for current and former employees (or people who applied for employment) to file a complaint if they believe they have been discriminated against in an employment transaction. We are here to assist you if you believe the treatment you received from the employer was because of your race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability, or because of retaliation for participating and/or filing another discrimination complaint.
- The Civil Rights Division conducts neutral investigations and gathers information to determine if discrimination has occurred under the Texas Labor Code. We work in cooperation with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to resolve employment discrimination allegations.”
- Visit https://bit.ly/1UDWXrU to find out more.
There are programs and resources to help pay bills. Visit www.needhelppayingbills.com to find out more.