A webinar from WorkforceGPS on encouraging self-identification of a disability by apprentices.
- Encourage Disability Disclosure
- Use Inclusive Teaching Practices
- Provide an Accessible Platform & Materials
- Ensure Vendors Provide Accessible Training
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”
EARN’s list of strategies for creating an environment that encourages self-identification.