Disclosing a Disability
Many people worry about disclosing personal information to potential employers for fear of how this will be perceived.
It is your choice whether you should tell an employer that you have a disability, mental health condition, dyslexia, dyspraxia or another neurological or longer term health condition. You must use your own judgement as the Equality Act 2010 doesn’t explicitly say that you have to disclose a disability.
What an employer can ask:
You may be asked whether you have a health condition or disability early on in the recruitment process.
The Equality Act 2010 supports the rights of people with disabilities by giving greater legal protection against discrimination. It emphasises the legal duty on education providers and employers to make reasonable adjustments.
Benefits of disclosing:
- Disclosing can ensure you receive appropriate “reasonable adjustments” in the selection process
- It gives you the opportunity to highlight additional strengths
- You may be able to access additional funding to support you with equipment
- Allows you to explain any possible gaps in academic study
- Enables you to put academic results achieved into context if required
Potential consequences of not disclosing:
- You could lack the adjustments / support you need and miss out on their dream job.
- Making a late request for adjustments could delay the recruitment process.
- If you needs adjustments to fulfil the role you have been recruited to do and not asked for these in advance, you may not be able to perform the role you were recruited to do.