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    • DISCLOSURE
    • Session overview
      • Disclosure
      • Disclosure Levels
      • Reasons to Disclose
      • Preparing to Disclose
      • If you decide to Disclose
      • Final Thought
    • Disclosure
      • Disclosure means telling your employers, supervisors, co-workers about your disability/illness and explaining to them how these will affect you in their workplace.
    • DISCLOSURE LEVELS
      • You have three (3) choices with disclosure:~
      • Full Disclosure:~
      • Full disclosure is when you disclose you disability/health condition in detail to your employer. Full disclosure may include providing employer with detailed information about your disability/health condition and importantly how you will manage it in their work environment.
    • DISCLOSURE LEVELS (continued)
      • Partial Disclosure:~
      • Partial disclosure is only divulging aspects of your disability or health condition with which you are comfortable.
      • Non Disclosure:~
      • Non disclosure is not telling employers anything about your disability or
      • illness.
    • Reasons to Disclose Takes the Pressure Off Disclosing to an employer can make you feel more comfortable in a position because you do not have to hide your disability or symptoms or worry about the effect of your medications etc. It also encourages honesty and you don’t have to feel like you are hiding something from your employer.
    • Reasons to Disclose (Continued) Educate the Workforce / Employer By disclosing to an employer we can provide the employer with the facts on a particular disability, health condition or mental illness which will eliminate stigma created by false representations and stereotypes. Negotiate Job Role By disclosing to an employer, your Consultant can negotiate a job role for you in the organisation. If required this allows your Consultant to negotiate duties that will match your skills and abilities.
    • Preparing to Disclose
      • Only you can decide whether and how much to tell your employer about your disability. As mentioned before it is a complex decision and one you shouldn’t make until you’ve thought it through. Here’s what you might want to think about:
      • Do you need help in:~
      • Initiating contact or arranging an interview with the employer
      • In interviews
      • Describing your disability
      • Negotiating the terms of employment
      • Negotiating changes to job role / specifications
    • Time of Disclosure Advantages Disadvantages Issues On the Job Application
      • Appears honest
      • Have peace of mind
      • Lets employer decide if disability is an issue
      • Risk of discrimination
      • May decrease chance to present skills / explain effects of disability
      • No comeback
      • May have a harder time finding work but usually have a more supportive workplace when you do
      During an Interview
      • Appears honest
      • Have peace of mind
      • Chance to explain effects of disability positively in person Discrimination less likely face-to-face
      • May not get job offer
      • May change focus from your abilities to your disability
      • You may not handle disability issues in a clear/ non-threatening way
      • How comfortable are you with your disability
      • Are you emphasizing your
      • disability too much
      After the interview (When the job is offered but before you begin work)
      • Appears honest
      • Have peace of mind If employment changes mind after disclosure and your disability will not interfere with your job ability of safety, there may be a legal come back
      • Employer might feel you should told him / her before decision was made
      • Might lead to distrust of you
      • Need to look honestly at how your disability affects ability to perform the job
      • Need to be able to explain how disability will not interfere. This includes job safety
      After you start
      • Opportunity to proved yourself before disclosure
      • You can answer workmate questions
      • If disclosure affects job status and your disability will not interfere with your job ability or safety, there may be a legal come back
      • Employer may feel you have falsified application
      • You may feel nervous of relapse on the job
      • Co-workers may not know how to react if you become unwell
      • You may be treated differently
      • The longer you leave disclosure the harder it becomes
      • It may be difficult
      • to know who to tell
    • Time of Disclosure Advantages Disadvantages Issues After a relapse on the job
      • Chance to prove yourself first
      • If relapse affects job status, but not ability, there may be a legal comeback
      • Employer may feel you have falsified application
      • Co-workers may not know how to react
      • Reduce opportunity to educate workplace
      • Your boss may feel she / he has a right to know about your disability
      • You need to deal with co-workers’ lack of understanding
      Never
      • Employer cannot react to your disability unless you have a relapse which affects your performance
      • You may run the risk of being fired if discovered
      • May not get the support you require
      • Stress from fear of being found out
      • If you have not had a relapse for a long time, this issue of disclosure becomes less critical
    • Preparing to Disclose (Continued) Only you can decide whether and how much to tell your employer about your disability. As mentioned before it is a complex decision and one you shouldn’t make until you’ve thought it through. Here’s what you might want to think about: 1. Explore your feelings about having a disability or health condition and about sharing that information with others. Remember no one can force you to disclose if you don’t want to 2 . Research potential employers’ attitudes towards disability and mental illness and screen out unsupportive employers 3 . Weigh the benefits and risks of disclosure 4. If you decide not to disclose, find other ways to get the support you need 5 . If you decide to disclose, find other ways to get the support you need
    • If you decide to disclose
      • Decide how specific you will be in describing your disability or health condition.
      • For example:-
      • General terms (a disability)
      • Vague but more specific terms (difficulty with stress)
      • Specifically referring to mental illness or
      • Exact diagnosis (schizophrenia)
      • Describing the skills you have that make you able to perform the main duties of the job
      • Describing any functional limitations or behaviours
      • caused by your disability which interfere with your performance (if any)
    • If you decide to disclose (Continued)
      • Identifying those functional limitations or behaviours
      • specific to the work environment (if any), that you may
      • need to overcome
      • Optional: You may choose to describe the behaviours or
      • symptoms the employer might observe and tell the
      • employer what steps to take as a result
      • 6. Pointing the employer to resources for further information
    • Final Thought Disclosure is a personal decision and one that should be thought about carefully. It is entirely your decision and whatever you decide you have the support of your Employment Consultant.