Mail Carrier and Epilepsy

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will consider qualified applicants with epilepsy for any position, including mail carrier, mail handler and administrative, on a case-by-case basis as required by Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Some positions, however, require a valid federal commercial driver's license. All applicants are required to complete a written exam (applies to only some positions), medical exam by a postal contract physician, drug screening and safe driving background check (applies only to positions that require driving).

USPS medical officials assess the qualifications and medical history of people with epilepsy on an individual basis to determine whether he or she can safely perform the position for which he or she applied. USPS regulations indicate that applicants with epilepsy, related seizure disorders or who have a history of seizures must present documentation to the postal contract physician that fully describes the extent of the disorder, treatment program and prognosis (Handbook EL-806, part 153.4 entitled, "Health and Medical Service"). The doctor must also indicate the applicant's level of seizure control, including medication levels and time seizure-free. There is an informal appeals process to challenge the findings of a medical exam. More general information about the USPS's application process is available at http://www.usps.com/employment/welcome.htm.

on Sunday, November 03, 2013
on Sunday, November 03, 2013

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