Encourage Disability Disclosure
Did you know?
According to the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), “individuals with disabilities have reported that they are more likely to self-identify if they see their employer making concerted efforts to recruit and hire individuals with disabilities.”
Thirty percent of the workforce has a disability and 62% of those individuals said their disabilities were invisible, meaning they would have to disclose the condition for other people to know they have a disability. Invisible disabilities include many things, from ADHD, to diabetes, to mental health conditions like depression.
Whether or not you have apprentices with disabilities in your program, you should create a safe environment that encourages disclosure so you are able to provide quality training to all your trainees. Review these resources for tips on how to encourage disclosure:
- EARN’s Encouraging Self-Identification resource offers several strategies for fostering a disability-inclusive culture.
- WorkforceGPS has webinar recordings on encouraging apprentices to self-disclose their disabilities. View “Best Practices for Encouraging Disability Self-Identification by Apprentices”