The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to remove barriers to employment encountered by individuals with disabilities. Though the ADA opened doors that previously were closed, 27 years later, individuals with disabilities still encounter challenges at and in preparation of joining the workplace. Questions arise such as: “What are my legal rights?,” “Do I disclose my disability, and, if so, when?” “What can I be asked in an interview about my disability?,” “How do I request a reasonable accommodation?,” “What do I do if I disclose my disability and am treated differently or fired?,” “Can I be fired if I am an individual with a disability?,” and more. Supervisors, co-workers, advisors, and more may face these questions and wonder how best to respond to ensure individuals with disabilities are armed with resources, knowledge and tools to navigate the employment process. Topics include voluntary disclosure, the interview process, and disabilities in the workplace, and insights on how to respond to some disability related questions and support an individual with a disability.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this presentation is to provide general information on considerations in employment for individuals with disabilities seeking employment and navigating the workplace. The target audience is any employee or faculty member interested in understanding disability and employment and/or wishes to provide support for individuals with disabilities who may have these employment related questions.