The Emerald City
- The Workplace: Jason and I have not experienced prejudice when we had seizures in the workplace. In fact, there was seeming caring and support from people around us. That said, both of us have experiences in a corporate setting. What have you encountered in either the corporate or other cultures (and how would you describe those cultures)?
- Childhood Bullying: Everywhere we turn are heartbreaking stories of today’s children with epilepsy being bullied, both physically and emotionally. The question is, where did the bullies get these mental models of epilepsy? Civilizations are rife with long-held prejudices against it and other brain-related syndromes, which are handed down to children, most notably via the language used. “What are you, epileptic or something?” “Don’t have a convulsion or anything.” Makes your hair stand up. Right? It should. As we attack stigmas, how can we get at language? We may not be able to change what everyone thinks, but we may be able to affect future generations.