‘Having to reveal information about oneâ€™s self to another person that is potentially discrediting or stigmatizing to one’s reputation.’
Disclosing in the workplace refers to telling employers and or fellow co-workers about your learning disability – this is the most difficult decision employees or job candidates will make.
The size of the company is a significant factor in whether or not to disclose. Large organizations tend to offer more supportive programs such as a Diversity Manager, Workplace Equity Branch, Corporate Training Centre, etc. Small organizations may be limited in the services and programs they offer.
Some other factors that influence a decision to disclose or not: is the job the right match for the person? Will the LD interfere with the job duties? Will disclosure cause biases? Is there sufficient trust between the employee and employer?
To encourage disclosure and full participation, employers should examine the workplace environment and eliminate barriers preventing persons with learning disabilities from disclosing.
Disclosing a learning disability requires a lot of thought and planning. Persons with learning disabilities should carefully plan how they wish to disclose and know the implications of this action. Employees and/or job candidates may first want to reveal a little bit of information at a time in order to establish a level of comfort and trust. Ultimately, the employee must decide the time, the place and the degree of information to share with others.
Reprinted from: http://www.ldac-taac.ca/InDepth/employment_disclosure-e.asp