Disclosing your disabilityFriday, August 10, 2012
Today on Lets Get Working I would like to discuss disclosing your disability.
I found an article on the internet 'Choosing Your Path. Disclosure: It's A Personal Decision' written by University of Western Sydney and Ballarat University found at http://pubsites.uws.edu.au/ndco/disclosure/
The disclosure of a disability presents a number of challenges & choices for people with a disability, particularly those participating in employment. Do I need to disclose my disability?When do I disclose my disability?How do I disclose my disability?What are my rights?Do I have responsibilities when I disclose?
Choices may include questions such as:
Some employers may also be challenged in relation to their role and responsibilities when a person discloses their disability.
The emphasis as a job seeker should first be on the your skills, qualities, abilities and interests, followed by self-assessment about your disability and disclosure.
What To Disclose?
You need to be prepared about how you would like to disclose your disability prior to attending the job interview. It is important that the information you present is clear and concise and relevant to the interview process. It is not essential to disclose in-depth medical or personal information about your disability unless there are specific requirements that need to be addressed in the interview.
The type of information you present to the appropriate person may include. What the disability isWhy you have chosen to disclose your disabilityThe type of adjustments that would be required for you in the interview and the work place.
As a Job-seeker, you have a right to:have information about your disability treated confidentially and respectfullyseek information from organisations about equity policies, practices and strategies from potential employers prior to applying for positions of employment. choose to disclose your disability prior to applying for positions of employment to discuss specific requirements in relation to your disability or to discuss the inherent requirements of the position and how you will manage them effectively.
An employer's (or prospective employer's) main obligations under both the Acts are not to discriminate directly by less favourable treatmentnot to discriminate indirectly by treatment which is less favourable in its impactto make reasonable adjustments where requiredto avoid and prevent harassment.
When to disclose?
You can disclose in your application letter, in the Interview or when the job is offered
For job seekers with an obvious disability, disclosure at an interview is inevitable. The issue is therefore not 'should disclosure occur' but how disclosure is addressed and managed in the interview to ensure an effective outcome.
For job seekers with a hidden disability, the personal choice to disclose your disability can be made at the interview, when a job offer has been made, when employed in the position or not at all.
Until next time,
Enjoy the journey!