Thinking through your directions and decisions
- In most cases, telling an employer about your disability is your choice.
- But you may need to disclose your disability in a few situations, such as when you ask for an accommodation.
- The employer might ask you to voluntarily indicate on a self-identification form that you are a veteran with a disability. If you do this, the information is kept anonymous and your personal disability information will never be shared with a supervisor or co-workers.
- When applying for jobs, you can choose to tell some employers, but not others.
- Even if you chose not to disclose your disability when you applied for the job, you still have a right to an accommodation later when you’re working.
- Make a disclosure decision that’s right for you. Consider the employer, your own thoughts about your disability, and whether you need an accommodation.
- Be prepared to make a good disclosure decision. Check out your potential employer. Are they disability- and veteran-friendly?
- Think through how your impairment or functional limitation might impact your job tasks. If it’s unlikely you’d need an accommodation if hired, there is probably no reason to disclose.