Change 100 wanted to share with you some of the very helpful information that came out of the discussions from their first Change100 online workshop.
Top 8 tips for disclosing a disability
1. Disclose because you want to. You’re under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.
2. Disclose because it’s beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don’t disclose, and don’t ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.
3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.
4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.
5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any barriers your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those barriers are.
6. Avoid complicated medical terminology. Employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.
7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (At Change100, we’ll provide you with this paid experience at a prestigious UK employer!)
8. Talk to your careers team about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.
Got questions and want to learn more? We have 3 available dates for our evening online workshops (27 Nov, 12 Dec, 17 Jan). To learn more about employer perspectives of disability disclosure, have your questions answered and to learn more about Change100 internships, visit https://goo.gl/az7gd9.
Change100 is the paid summer internship programme designed to bring together leading employers with talented students and graduates with disabilities and long-term health conditions. The programme aims to remove barriers experienced by disabled people in the workplace, to allow them to achieve their potential. You will have the opportunity to join a leading organisation and gain the experience, confidence, networks and skills necessary to accelerate your career.
In 2017, we partnered with a range of prestigious organisations to offer internship opportunities to around 140 students and recent graduates. Over the last 4 years Change100 students have already made their mark with leading employers including Arup, BBC, BBSRC, Barclays, Bevan Brittan, Centrica, the Department of Health, the Department for International Development, Experian, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Interserve, Lloyds Banking Group, Medical Research Council, Swiss Re, Taylor Wimpey, Thomson Reuters and Wall to Wall.