Human Rights

All people who live with a disability or chronic health conditions have the right to be an active member of society and a say in decisions that affect their lives.

Epilepsy and disability can intersect in a number of ways. Some people living with epilepsy also live with a co-existing disability, such as a cognitive or physical one. In other cases a person is considered to have a recognised disability because their epilepsy is not controlled, despite being on anti-seizure medication  (ASMs) (also known as Anti-seizure drugs (AEDs)).  

You may have an epilepsy diagnosis, but you may not consider that you have a disability. However, under the discrimination law framework, the definition of disability is stated broadly. Having an epilepsy diagnosis would be considered a disability in the context of discrimination law, as would other chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and arthritis.

Fortunately the rights of people are enshrined in a range of international and New Zealand  Acts and Conventions:

For more information on your rights visit: 

Community Law Website

Ministry Of Health Website 

People First Website 

Human Rights in New Zealand -Website 

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