When seeking employment, a person with a disability is faced with the choice of whether or not to disclose their disability. Ultimately the decision is a personal one, based on a number of issues. This website points out some of the considerations that may need to be taken into account at the time of developing a career plan and seeking employment.
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Disclosure to the prospective employer is most effective when people are clear about the purpose and the desired outcomes of disclosing. This ensures that disclosure occurs with the right person, in a timely and appropriate manner and with a clear goal in mind.
It is important to know that it is against Federal and State laws to discriminate against someone on the basis of their disability. The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) (opens in a new window) protects people with disabilities from discriminatory treatment in employment, including:
- direct discrimination by less favourable treatment
- indirect discrimination by treatment which is less favourable in its impact
- reasonable adjustments where required in the workplace
- avoiding and preventing harassment