Learn How the Ticket to Work Program Can Work for You

Chapter 4 - Getting a Job

Disclosing your Disability

Disclosure is a choice you make about whether to tell another person or organization about your disability.

Disclosing your disability is a personal decision:

  • There is no required information to disclose
  • There is no one right time to disclose

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Disclosure is a choice you make about whether to tell another person or organization about your disability.

Every job seeker with a disability faces the same decision: "Should I or shouldn't I disclose my disability?"

This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to disclose is entirely up to you.

There is no absolute requirement to share about your disability. In fact, it will be different for everyone.

For example, if you have an apparent disability, it is often beneficial to address how you plan to accomplish tasks

required by the job. This can affirm to the employer that you are suited for the position.

Generally, if you choose to disclose, it is most helpful to share the following:

General information about your disability; Why you are disclosing your disability;

How your disability might affect your performance on key job tasks; Types of accommodations that

have worked for you in the past; and Types of accommodations you anticipate needing in the workplace;

There is no one "right" time or place to disclose your disability. Select a confidential place in which to disclose,

and allow enough time for the person to ask questions. Do not dwell on the limitations of your disability.

You should weigh the pros and cons of disclosure at each point of your job search, recruitment

and hiring process and make the decision to discuss your disability when it is appropriate for you.

To help in your decision to disclose, you may read additional information at the link provided on this screen.

We also discuss certain provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the next slide.

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