Employment lawyers advise that if your disability is not apparent, you should not discuss it until after you have received a job offer. There may, however, be a few instances where you might consider disclosing your disability:
- You will need an accommodation for the interview.
- You must explain disability-related gaps in your employment history.
- You wish to highlight your personal traits (i.e. problem solving, resourcefulness, the ability to adapt and learn quickly, etc.) that arise from your ability to contend with your disability.
If you do choose to disclose your disability, discuss it in only a positive manner. Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot do. People with disabilities suggest:
- Disclosing the fact you have a disability to an employer is a personal decision as to whether to do it or when to do it.
- Disclosure could be your best friend, people usually help if they know you need help to accomplish your job task, and this help allows you to complete the rest of the job on your own.
- If a company does not want to help work with you on overcoming a work obstacle, possibly that company is not a true fit.
Be honest with your needs, choose wisel,y and ask for help when needed. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength, and asking for help when needed will take you much farther in your work goals and life.
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