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Keyword: Encouraging Disability Disclosure (5 results)

Are Your Employees Comfortable Disclosing Disability?
Americans with disabilities are most likely to disclose their disability when they need an accommodation or have a supportive supervisor. They are least likely to do so if they fear they will lose a job or fail to gain one by doing so. In last month's webinar “Disability Disclosure in the Workplace: What Employers Should Know,” Sarah von Schrader, Ph.D., assistant director of research for the Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University, said that an employee’s willingness to reveal a disability is “an indicator of their comfort level with sharing personal information,” which is an “indicator of workplace climate and inclusiveness."

Invisible Disabilities Association
The Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) encourages, educates and connects people and organizations touched by illness, pain and disability around the globe. IDA’s website, publications, seminars and awareness address all debilitating conditions that are often misunderstood. IDA also offers many resources to information about various illnesses, help with costs of medications, disability benefits and more.

Invisible Disabilities Association- Looks Can be Deceiving
This article explains the concept of invisible disabilities, or those that are not immediately noticeable on the exterior. In 1997, there were 26 million Americans considered to have a severe disability and only 7 million of them use a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker (U.S. Department of Commerce). Therefore, we cannot always judge whether a person is disabled or not by how they look to us.

Solving for the unknown: No duty to accommodate disability that employee never revealed
Accommodating a disability an employer doesn’t know about can be difficult. Yet, some disabled employees never tell employers about their conditions—even if their disability could affect performance. And of course employees should not be treated as disabled unless they claim a disability. But what if someone was fired for poor performance? According to Anguiano v. Ormco, No. B228600, Court of Appeal of California, the employee cannot sue in this case alleging failure to accommodate her disability.

Strategies for Increasing Self-Identification for Candidates and Employees with Disabilities
This webinar from EARN offers strategies for creating environments where applicants and employees are comfortable with disclosing their disabilities, thereby allowing organizations to more accurately represent their workforce composition and efforts toward diversity.

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