Dear Fair Housing Lady: Seizures and Epilepsy

| August 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Seizures&Epilepsy_400x400Dear Fair Housing Lady:

Hi, are people with seizures and epilepsy considered under fair housing as people with disabilities PWDs?

People with epilepsy (or subject to any other condition that may cause seizures) will often be deemed to be persons with disabilities (PWDs). In general, a disability is described as any condition that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities. Although this list is not all inclusive, major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning, and working. (Note that Fair Housing Lady has always thought that breathing was pretty major when it comes to living.)

If a person’s epilepsy causes limitations on major life activities, then yes, that person is a PWD. And even someone who has their seizures under control through medication can be deemed to be a PWD if that medication makes them drowsy, or unable to concentrate, or unable to sleep to the extent that they cannot work, or go to school, or care at times for oneself.

Remember that for fair housing purposes, someone can become a PWD even if they do not meet the definition. They can, you ask? (Or in this case I ask it for you.) Yes, they can. If you think a person has a disability, they do! Being regarded as disabled confers the civil rights of a PWD in housing. So if you know someone who has epilepsy and you regard them as disabled, they are a PWD even if they are managing their major life activities just fine.

Category: Disability Accomodations

About Nadeen Green: Nadeen Green has been an attorney since 1979. She has taught Fair Housing law to the multi-family housing industry since the Fair Housing Amendments Act when into effect in 1989. She has been asked to speak numerous times for the National Apartment Association and the Multi-Housing World annual conventions. Her reader-friendly articles on Fair Housing appear regularly in industry publications. Nadeen is proud to be Senior Counsel with For Rent Media Solutions, which offers print and online advertising products for all communities, whether through For Rent Magazine®,, Para Rentar, Senior Outlook, After 55, or specialized publications for condominiums and student housing. .

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  1. Mahmud says:

    Thank you for your helpful post.

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