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Disabled Student Resources

*Several of the below resources fall under multiple categories*

Please visit Disability Support Services for more information

As an individual with a disability, you have an additional element of the job search process to address:  to disclose or not to disclose your disability.  This decision can be extremely difficult, especially if your disability is hidden.  The first step in this decision-making process is to know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Title I of the ADA prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

As per the ADA, it is illegal for employers to ask you if you have a disability; however, if you wish to request and receive an accommodation during the interview process or on the job, you must disclose your disability. 

The second step in the process of deciding whether or not to disclose your disability is to determine if an accommodation is necessary to perform the essential functions of the job for which you are applying.  The best way to do this is to carefully assess the position's job description and identify any job duties which may be difficult to perform due to your disability.  Next, identify specific accommodations which would allow you to accomplish these tasks and then research any additional accommodations you may need.  This information will allow you to confidently decide if you should indeed disclose your disabilty. 

Remember, you only need to disclose your disability when it is obvious or you need to request accommodations.

When to Disclose
How to Disclose

Job Search

Addressing Challenges:  The Job Search for Students with Disabilities
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
DisAbility Online - Employment and Training Administration - U.S. Department of Labor
DO-IT:  Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology
Federal Employment of People with Disabilities - U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Illinois Department of Human Services

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