Choosing to disclose
You control how your disability is discussed. By stressing the positive aspects of your disability you can confront any negative perceptions at the earliest stage possible.
Many employers are committed to employing disabled people. Find employers who have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. Also, look for employers' equality and diversity policies online.
Your employer will be able to make reasonable adjustments. Under the 2010 Act, employers must consider making 'reasonable adjustments' to enable you to work for them. For example, if your disability makes travel difficult at certain times, then an employer could make a reasonable adjustment by allowing you to work different hours.
Financial support is available via the Access to Work scheme to help employers provide specialist equipment, so there is no extra cost to them.
You are protected by the Equality Act 2010. It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people in their recruitment and selection procedures.
You may be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. Omitting details or giving false information may prejudice your application adversely. It may also result in dismissal if your disability comes to light after you start the job.
Before you decide
Before applying for any job and making a decision regarding disclosure, consider the following:
- The nature of your disability and the work involved in the role; do they impact on one another?
- The terms and conditions of the job; are there any health and safety issues that need to be addressed? Disclosure will help your employer deal effectively with these.
- The culture of the employer: Does their website refer to ways in which they help people with disabilities?
- If your employer is not aware of your disability, they cannot make adjustments to help you succeed in your job, and they may be less flexible in allowing time off for medical appointments.
- The consequences of not disclosing your disability. Could your disability come to light in some way in the future? If that happened how would you deal with it?