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Guidelines for Disclosure
Guidelines for the Disclosure Process
(materials prepared by COSD)
STEP 1: PREPARING TO DISCLOSE
STEP 2: WHEN YOU DISCLOSE
STEP 3: PREPARE SCRIPT (If Necessary)
“I have (name of disability). Currently, I have the skills required to do the essential functions of the job. Sometimes, (functional limitations) may interfere with my ability to (duties you have trouble performing). It helps if I have (name the specific accommodations you need). I work best when (other accommodations).”
Elements of the Disclosure Process
This activity is designed to help you understand the thought process needed when deciding whether or not to disclose your disability to an employer. Based on your career goals, think about your understanding of your career of choice, such as the job responsibilities, essential functions of the job, qualifications, etc. Once you understand the requirements of a specific career, you can begin to think about appropriate job accommodations that you will need. All of these steps are involved in the decision of whether or not to disclose your disability. Let us move systematically through the process…
State the job duties you describe as potentially difficult for you to perform.
Now, think about possible accommodations. Are there accommodations you
have used in the past that will enable you to perform the above task(s)?
If so, please list them below:
My Script for Disclosure
My disability can be described as:
My skills and abilities are:
My functional limitations are:
Accommodations needed are:
Now, Put the above information in a narrative format:
Rules for a Good Disclosure
THE BOTTOM LINE: You and the employer must both feel comfortable.
Suggestions for Scripts
“I have (preferred term for disability). Currently, I can/have the skills required to do (the main duties) of the job, but sometimes (functional limitations) interfere with my ability to (duties you may have trouble performing). It helps if I have (name the specific accommodations you need). I work best when (other accommodations).
You could also add the following information…
Sometimes you might see (symptoms or behaviors associated with symptoms). When you see that, you can (name the action steps for the employer). Here is the number of my (employment specialist, doctor, therapist, previous employer, JAN, etc.) for any information you might need about my ability to handle the job.
Want more information about legal concerns or other specifics? Visit this website as a beginning resource.
What exactly is "reasonable?" Click here for the Job Accommodation Network to find out
|Last updated April 17, 2015 10:15am|