What is disclosure?
This is the word used when people let an employer know they have a disability or when they describe what they find challenging, related to their disability.
Some people do not see themselves as ‘disabled’ but regard society as disabling them by not recognising the diversity in all of us.
To disclose or not?
- Some people may be concerned about disclosing, especially too early when applying for a job that they could be potentially discriminated against. This may be especially true if they have more than one neurodiverse condition and are worried if they say they have e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD.
- Concern may also be related to negative past experiences, and/ or a fear of the impact on gaining the job or gaining promotion.
- The challenge is if you don’t tell, then how can the employer be expected to make adjustments or improve accessibility for you, as each person has different needs? This may be especially true if challenges you have are not obvious to others.
- Tactical or positive disclosure can be a positive way of showcasing some of your strengths. It is difficult for an employer to provide adjustments for you personally if they don’t understand how they can best support YOU.
- Think about what you can do.
- Describe how you are able to compensate effectively for any areas of difficulty.
- Learn what help you need so that you can have informed discussions with the employer.
- What you have done to find positive ways of showing your strengths as this also demonstrates your resilience and resourcefulness as well.
- Provide some practical suggestions that will assist you. This can help employers feel more confident that they will be able to support you easily and without incurring high costs.
If you are not sure of your rights find out more information about the Equality Act 2010.
When to disclose?
You can decide to do so at any of the following stages:
- On an application form or within your C.V.
- Before or at an interview
- When you have been offered a job
- When you start a job
- When you are in work.