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Disclosing a Disability/Requesting Accommodations

This page contains resources for students, educators, and families on disclosing disabilities and requesting accommodations from an employer. If and when to disclose a disability are important, personal choices, sometimes involving complex factors, for which students should be adequately prepared. 

The 411 on Disability Disclosure:  A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
Contains discussions and activities on advantages and disadvantages of disclosing; legal rights and responsibilities; accommodations; and disclosing in a postsecondary setting, on the job, and in social and community settings.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities
This supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities provides suggestions for making informed decisions about disclosing disabilities on-line and for managing disclosure on-line.

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities
This workbook from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth helps caring adults make informed decisions about 1) teaching a young person about his or her rights and responsibilities in disclosing a disability and 2) supporting a young person in becoming more independent and self-sufficient.

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace 
Web page from the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the U.S. Department of Labor with information on why, when, how, what, and to whom to disclose a disability.

Job Accommodations Network 
Provides free consulting services and information for job seekers and employees on disability-related employment questions and rights, accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act, state and local resources, and more. 
Contains resources for youth, job seekers, parents, and professionals on disclosure, accommodations, self-determination, self-advocacy, and more.

Disclosing a Disability in a Job Interview 
Article on when to disclose a disability, determining the essential functions of a job for accommodation purposes, and interview tips.

U.S. Department of Justice Home Page for the Americans with Disabilities Act
Contains legal information on disability rights law and employment as well as other technical assistance resources. 

A Guide to Disability Rights Laws 
Provides "an overview of ten Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) web stie promoting equal opportunity for youth by teaching real world rights and responsibilities in the work place.

The Summary of Performance 
The Summary of Performance for students exiting high school contains specific information about a student (performance levels, essential accommodations, modifications, assistive technology, recommendations for enhancing employment and other post-high school environments, and disability documentation) that can be helpful if he or she has decided to disclose a disability and/or request accommodations.  

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