Atlanta – The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia with sponsorship from UCB Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with operations in Smyrna, has announced the launch of the EFWorks program in Georgia.
EFWorks is a specialized vocational rehabilitation program specifically targeted to Georgians living with epilepsy who are seeking employment.
“Epilepsy is an often misunderstood condition, and the discrimination rate with regard to employment is among the highest compared to other disabilities,” said Dr. Robert T. Fraser, director of the University of Washington’s Neurological Vocations Services and co-founder of EFWorks.
“Programs similar to EFWorks have demonstrated that people living with epilepsy can be reliable employees.”
Studies show specialized vocational programs are effective in placing and retaining employees living with chronic conditions, such as epilepsy.
Studies by the American Epilepsy Society show that employees with uncontrolled epilepsy have absenteeism and work accident rates comparable to people without epilepsy.
“Georgia employers participating in the EFWorks program not only benefit from hiring good employees, they have the advantage of tax credits and incentives while also meeting federal contractor utilization goals,” said Aly Clift, executive director, Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. “
To launch the program, EFWorks is hosting EFWorks 4U: An Employer Forum on March 31, at the Westin Perimeter Hotel in Atlanta.
A complimentary breakfast will be hosted at 8:30 a.m., and the forum begins at 9 a.m.
The forum is free of charge, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Amber Wiggins with the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia at 404-527-7155 or visit efworks.org.