Disclosing a disability
Deciding when (and if) to disclose your disability in applications and the selection process can be difficult. In some cases, disclosure may not be necessary if your disability will not impact your performance in the role.
Tips for disclosing
- Be honest - if a disability question is asked directly in an application, you may need to weigh up how serious you are about applying and if you would be prepared to disclose up front.
- If disclosing at an interview, stay positive and point out the abilities your disability has enabled you to develop which may be of benefit in the role (resilience, initiative etc).
- Be prepared to answer any objections you may foresee the employer having if you disclose. Also, be prepared to discuss any accommodations that may be necessary for you to do the job and how/where these can be provided.
- Try to keep information on your disability job specific. Steer discussion/content to show how you can do the job rather than the focus being on the problems that may arise.
Some resources to help
- Choosing Your Path -Disclosure: It's a Personal Decision
- Education to Employment provides great tips for university students and employers on transitioning to employment and employing students with a disability.
- Australian Network on Disability (AND) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on advancing employment opportunities for people with a disability.
- Disclosure Pros and Cons is a comprehensive article from GradAustralia on disclosing in the application or acceptance phase of a new job
- Stepping into... is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with a disability.
- PACE (Positive Action towards Career Engagement) connects jobseekers with disability to mentors from leading Australian businesses.
For further help:
Contact Accessibility Services to discuss your individual situation, what else to consider when preparing for employment, and the support services available to you while at uni.
You can also contact the Career and Employment Service for assistance.