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Disclosure of a Non-Apparent or Hidden Disability

Some Pros

Some Cons

Rules for a Good Disclosure

  1. Script your disclosure. Write it down and have it critiqued. Run through it with friends who are employers and with other people in the working world.
  2. Rehearse your disclosure script until you feel comfortable and good about it, not only with your lips, but with your body language.
  3. When you prepare your script, avoid being too clinical or too detailed. It may be of great interest to you, but the interviewer wants to know only three things:
    - Will you be there?
    - Can you do the job as well as or better than anyone else?
    - Will you be of value to the company?
  4. Remember your script and be positive about your skills and abilities. The more positive you are, the more you will convey that you are you and just happen to have a disability. Conversely, the more you discuss your disability, the more important it will become in the employers mind.

The Bottom Line: You and the employer must both feel comfortable.

(Modified from the Summer 1985 issue of Inside MS, Multiple Sclerosis Society.)

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Institute for Community Inclusion

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