Disclosure at Work
Date: 3/19/2019, 2:00pm Eastern
Register Online (Registration is free but required.)
Employers and employees both benefit from disclosure in the workplace. This webinar will offer businesses a basic understanding of disclosure, its benefits, and suggestions on how a business can encourage disclosure in the workplace. You will also hear a real-life employer and coworkers of an ACE-IT in College student employee share their experiences with disclosure.
Disclosure: A personal decision and process in which an individual with a disability determines what information they would like to share about their disability for the specific purpose of receiving accommodations. By law, this is a personal decision. The individual can seek assistance from supports and family members to determine what, when, how and to whom they share information about their disability.
Reasonable Accommodation: As defined by ODEP, a reasonable accommodation is “a modification or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done during the hiring process. These modifications enable an individual with a disability to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform their job tasks to the same extent as people without disabilities. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations as they relate to three aspects of employment: 1) ensuring equal opportunity in the application process; 2) enabling a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of a job; and 3) making it possible for an employee with a disability to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment.
Employment Specialist: Also called a job coach, an employment specialist supports an individual with a disability in the employment hiring and training process. Employment specialists often act as liaison between a business and employee to ensure that accommodations and supports are in place so that an employee with a disability can be successful in the workplace.
Disability Employee Network or Resource Group: Voluntary, employee-led groups that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. The focus of a disability group may be how employees with disabilities can support one another, but they can also influence business practices, recruitment, and retention.