When to Disclose Disability and Request Accommodations in Employment

Navigating the disclosure of a disability and requesting accommodations during the job search process can be complex. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, here are some general guidelines to consider:

  1. Disclosure Timing:
    • Before Hiring: Some individuals choose to disclose their disability during the application process or initial interview. This can be beneficial if the disability requires accommodations during the interview process.
    • After Receiving a Job Offer: Others wait until after they have received a job offer, as they are protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) once an offer has been made.
  2. Consider the Job Requirements:
    • If the disability does not impact job performance or require accommodations, there may be no need to disclose.
    • If the disability may impact job performance, it may be beneficial to disclose and discuss potential accommodations.
  3. Requesting Accommodations:
    • Once an offer is made or upon starting a new job, individuals can formally request accommodations from their employer. This request should be specific and include any necessary documentation from a healthcare provider.
    • Employers are required by law to engage in an interactive process with the employee to determine reasonable accommodations.
  4. Confidentiality:
    • Employers are required to keep information about an employee’s disability confidential, except in limited circumstances.
    • Employees should also be cautious about who they disclose their disability to, as some information may not be relevant to all coworkers or supervisors.
  5. Know Your Rights:
    • Familiarize yourself with the ADA and other relevant laws to understand your rights regarding disclosure, accommodations, and protection against discrimination.

Ultimately, the decision of when to disclose a disability and request accommodations is personal and depends on individual circumstances. It can be helpful to seek advice from a disability rights organization or legal professional for guidance specific to your situation.

Post Archives

Post Categories

More Posts From Our Blog

Minnesota Career Wheel

In Minnesota, like in many other states, career fields, clusters, and pathways provide a framework for organizing and understanding the wide variety of careers available. These frameworks can help students, [...]
Read more

Resume Creation

Creating a resume with no work experience can be challenging, but it’s definitely possible. Here are some tips to help you craft a resume that highlights your skills and abilities, [...]
Read more

Helping clients achieve their career & life goals.

contact information
© 2024 L&S Consulting

L&S Consulting does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, familial status, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or status with regard to public assistance.

Grievance Form

L&S Consulting Referral Form


Referral and other information received is protected and is maintained as confidential and private. Job coaching is available evenings, weekends, & days.