To disclose or not to disclose disabilities in the workplace

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An interesting article on disclosing your disabilities in the workplace.

I sat on edge somewhat while reading the post hoping there was something in there that would speak on behalf of the disabled person, but none was found.

It’s easy for an employer to say they support people with disabilities but it’s another thing to actually do it when the situation arises. I’m not saying all employers are like that. I hear the odd story of someone who is successfully employed in a supportive workplace. It warms my heart to know that some employers out there truly care and follow through with what they say they will do.

I agree with the writer that speaking to your employer or potential employer about your disability could open some doors. And while there are many progressive employers who genuinely try to accommodate disabled employees’ needs and restrictions, it has been my experience that the only door disclosure opens is the exit door.

Having more inclusive workplaces would be a dream come true for so many. Credit to those employers who are willing to open those doors and keep them open. Let’s break down those barriers!

Have you or someone you know disclosed their disability to their current or prospective employer? Hopefully you had a positive experience. Please feel free to comment below, your thoughts on disclosure.

The following is Republished: Financial Post-Careers – Megan Santos, Special to Financial Post | November 13, 2015 4:04 PM ET

Making the decision to disclose and discuss disabilities in the workplace

As companies continue to implement and promote diversity efforts within their recruitment strategies, accommodating employees with disabilities remains an important focus. About four million working-age Canadians identified themselves as disabled in 2012. While it could be obvious if a candidate is in a wheelchair, or visually impaired many people live with invisible disabilities as well. Attention…

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2 thoughts on “To disclose or not to disclose disabilities in the workplace

  1. It’s a double-edge sword for sure. I have had one good experience where my employer was quite accommodating and I am still to this day very grateful. It’s difficult on both sides but if given the chance I think some employers would be very happy with the work of a disabled person.

    We have had some great success stories locally and it warms the heart to know that employee and the employer are fulfilled. Here is one story who’s success has been shared much
    Coco Cafe in Cedar, BC whose mission is: to employ people with developmental disabilities within their community.

  2. Howto$tuffYourPig

    Unfortunately, there are two sides to this coin. I have spent many years working in a business setting and know that companies are only worried about one thing – the bottom line. The bad news is that they are concerned about their liability and how much a disabled employee could effect the rate of their group insurance rate. I fear this will continue to be the way now that we are full throttle in Obamacare and companies are now struggling to afford the increased premiums. I have no intention of turning this into a political discussion, but the fact is, the company I work for saw their health insurance premiums more than double. They have instituted a pay freeze to try and make up the difference. If someone were to disclose a disability, they more than likely would have trouble maintaining employment in this climate. I can’t say I agree with this mindset and in my imaginary world, no one would be forced to hide their disability, but I am simply relaying the facts as I see it. Let’s hope that one day this changes!

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