To Disclose or Not to Disclose: A Question of Accommodations in the Technical Workplace
Thursday, September 21, 2017 — 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Disclosing a disability is a personal and, oftentimes, a confusing choice. If you are still a student with a disability, are you taking all necessary steps to ensure your academic success? Do your professors understand their obligations pursuant to the ADA?
If you are preparing to enter the workforce, what are some of the “unwritten rules” about disclosure? How do you bring up the subject of accommodations to a potential employer? Are there certain times when you should always or never disclose?
These are some of the pressing questions that will be on the table during this BOF. I want the target audience to leave more confident and informed about how they will confront this personal matter. Hopefully, members from the Federal and private sectors will attend as well. The input from employers would be invaluable as another viewpoint to consider when they make their decision with an employer.
Christopher J. Ware, University of Delaware