Disclosure

Rules For Disclosure

  • Script your disclosure. Write it down and have it critiqued. Run through it with friends who are employers, with people in the working world. 
  • Rehearse your disclosure script until you feel comfortable and good about it, not only with your lips, but also with your body language. 
  • When you prepare your script, avoid being too clinical or too detailed. It may be of great interest to you, but the interviewer wants to know only three things: will you be there; can you do the job as well or better than anyone else; will you be of value to the company? 
  • Remember your script and be positive about your skills and abilities. The more positive you are, the more you will convey that you are you and "just happen to have a disability." Conversely, the more you discuss your disability, the more important it will become in the employer's mind.

 

Pros

  • Reduction of stress. Many people report that "hiding is more stressful than telling."
  • You will have "cleared the air" and will know what to expect.
  • Release from the worry that a past employer or reference might inadvertently "drop" the fact that you have a disability.
  • Full freedom to examine and question health insurance and other benefits.
  • Freedom to communicate with your employer should you face changes in your condition.
  • Disclosure may make you feel more "comfortable." That word is the real key to the issue of disclosure. 

 

Cons

  • Bad past experience(s): rejection or loss of a job because of the disability. 
  • Fear of being placed in a "dead-end job." 
  • Fear of being an object of curiosity. 
  • Fear that if something doesn't go right, it will be blamed on the disability 
  • Fear of being "different." 
  • Mostly, just fear of not getting the job.

 

A flow chart depicting when and how you should disclose information to your employer.


Online Resources Addressing Issues of Disclosure