ERIC Number: ED377600
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
To Disclose or Not To Disclose: That Is the Question.
Hughes, Cathy; Graham, Jill Williams
Transition linc, n2 1994
This paper focuses on the issue of whether the individual with a disability should disclose this information to a current or potential employer. It notes that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is the individual's responsibility to disclose his/her disability and initiate a request for accommodation. The employer cannot inquire if there is a disability. Explanations of the following key terms of the ADA are given in the context of the disclosure issue: "essential functions" of a job; "reasonable accommodation"; "undue hardship"; "disability"; "major life activities"; and "substantial limits." Specific suggestions are given concerning the decision to disclose, when to disclose, and how to disclose. A table gives advantages and disadvantages of disclosure at various times in the employment process. Suggestions are also given to teachers preparing students with disabilities to assert their rights under the ADA and assume responsibility in the job-seeking process. Twelve organizational resources are listed. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Missouri LINC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990