Disability Career Resources
Should I Reveal A Disability to A Potential Employer, and If So, When?
“Because disclosure is intentionally releasing personal and often highly sensitive information about oneself to others for a specific purpose, it is important for individuals to carefully consider what information they need to share with whom and for what purposes. It is not essential that a person with a disability divulge all personal information about a disability; some information is best kept private. Therefore, individuals need to determine what information to share in order to best communicate how their disability affects their capacity in certain situations, and what they will need in order to access, participate in, and excel in the situation whether it be work, education, or community life.”
— Website Introduction to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities
Suggested ReadingThe ADA expands equal employment opportunity and full inclusion for people with disabilities. Guidelines for disclosing a disability are very broad, however, and there is not one answer regarding timing, whether to disclose a disability, and what to disclose.
Suggested ReadingHow to Disclose a Disability to Your Employer (and Whether You Should), Lizz Shumer, NYTimes, July 2019
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals (YSPs), and Other Adult Allies Who Care About Youth With Disabilities. National Collaborative Workforce and Disability for Youth (2009). Washington, DC: Institute for Educational Leadership
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What We Do
Diversability is an award-winning global movement that began in Washington, DC with Tiffany Yu in 2009. We foster community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We serve as an ecosystem builder, connector, and talent incubator. We unite the disability community, engage allies, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment. We are working to address social isolation, social exclusion, and the loneliness epidemic.