Questions tagged [disability]

For questions regarding disabilities, both physical and mental. I.e. how to make new co-workers aware of your disabilities.

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I was dismissed as a candidate for an abroad company after disclosing my disability

I live in Lebanon, A company abroad reached for me and offered a relocation visa to New Zeeland, I was so happy, to avoid surprises I disclosed that I have cerebral palsy, but that doesn't affect my ...
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Should companies be immediately informed of any disabilities while applying?

Background: I am blind. My country, the Philippines, does not have laws regarding employment of humans with physical challenges. I have been applying for a software developer position for months now, ...
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How do disabled individuals evacuate multi-storey buildings in an emergency? [closed]

So, I know that there are anti-discrimination laws that require workplaces to have disability access requirements like ramps alongside stairs to entrances, and elevators to allow individuals who are ...
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Developer being asked to work in a warehouse

I'm coming to the end of my employment at an online bike retailer, the relationship has completely broken down. My job title is lead developer. For my last two weeks, they've asked me to work in the ...
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Is it a reasonable accommodation to replace verbal communication with written?

According to the ADA, the candidate can request the employer to provide reasonable accommodations for her disability, unless it represents an undue hardship for the employer, i.e. if it would require ...
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Generalized anxiety disorder and reasonable interview process accommodations [duplicate]

I have generalized anxiety disorder that involves a number of different symptoms, but what matters here is poor attention and concentration, decreased verbal skills and fatigue when I feel anxious, ...
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Epilepsy and reasonable interview process accommodations [closed]

I have temporal lobe epilepsy (a form of epilepsy without convulsions and other physical symptoms). The seizures that I have usually last from a few seconds to 1-2 minutes. When they happen, they ...
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How will losing mobility of one hand affect my career as a programmer?

The effects of a genetic disorder started affecting one of my hands. Now it's barely visible and only causes mild discomfort and a slight loss of agility, but upon reaching its final stage my hand ...
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Repercussions of informing manager about health issues only after the end of probation period

I'm a newly hired engineer who's still on a probation period. I'm on the autism spectrum (my employer doesn't know) and, in my case, the autism also comes with tiredness issues (my employer doesn't ...
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ADA reasonable accommodations vs mental disability

ADA requires the employer to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities, including mental disabilities. https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html For instance, ADA requires ...
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How to get credit or recognition for my work? [duplicate]

I am working on a software development project with a coworker who is senior to me in rank and age. This coworker has a life long disability and he regularly uses medication which often makes him ...
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Carpal Tunnel and Trigger fingers surgery

A month ago I received two surgeries done on my hands for carpal tunnel and trigger fingers. My short turn disability has ended, and I'm still sore. My Dr. wrote a note to HR for light work. My Dr. ...
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Can my employer require me to refrain from wearing headphones (disability issue)

I work at a grocery store, which can be exhausting because I am on the autism spectrum, and after an incredibly busy shift, which is almost every day I work. I get sensory overload and I find that ...
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I am a personal assistant for a blind person and not sure how to deal with this problem [closed]

I work as a personal assistant for an older blind person, I will call her KK. This is a new job for me. She is very extroverted and has a lot of friends. The thing is that her male friends are all ...
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Dyslexia in the Workplace as an adult and lost opportunities because of it

I work in the IT field and sometimes I make mistakes and mostly its due to my dyslexia. I spell names incorrectly, incorrectly categorize tickets in the system, accidentally click on buttons I ...
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Discrimination - ADA reasonable accommodation [closed]

I have a position as Business Analyst. I suffer from chronic depression, which has been clearly communicated with medical certification to my manager and HR. I requested that I be allowed to work ...
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How do I deal with an autistic employee who criticizes teammates publicly and doesn't understand the harm in doing so?

I have a very autistic person in my team who quite often criticizes his teammates in public emails, causing lots of complaints. We are in a Nordic country and it is not very common to fire people ...
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Best approach to take when discriminated against on the job due to disabilities?

I have a hearing impairment, mild autism, and a few other impairments. NOTE: This is not a current situation, but one that I faced in the past. An advice for how to act if this were a current ...
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What's the best way to introduce new staff to existing staff members' disability and health needs?

I work for a healthcare charity with 50 members of staff and no HR person. We're brilliant at making adjustments for staff when they start (or are diagnosed) with a health condition. What we're not ...
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How to deal with disabled coworker who wastes time in office? [duplicate]

I work in the US. I have to develop some software with a disabled coworker (has disability parking card). He was working on this project alone for a few months and my manager added me to the project ...
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Do company intranet sites need to be ADA compliant? [closed]

I am reading that company public facing sites need to be ADA compliant (at least government, either state, local or fed). I am asking for documentation stating if a company's internal intranet site ...
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I have a visible disability. Should I tell my interviewer before going in?

I have mild cerebral palsy. I can type, file, and so on. The main limitation I have is handwriting. This position also requires site visits, but I can't drive. I know that some job responsibilities ...
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Should I inform interviewers before calling me that I stutter?

I used to heavily stutter when I was at school. My parents didn't pay much attention to the problem but I started working on it when I entered college. It was hard to completely get rid of it, but I ...
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Software Industry - How do I deal with mentally impaired coworkers?

I am in USA and I work as a programmer in a big company. We are a team of 6 people. My coworker is usually mentally impaired due to his medication, which is presumably needed for his undisclosed ...
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I'm disabled, but looking for work [duplicate]

I've gone over my resume with my former professor and gotten a glowing letter of recommendation from him. However, the first answer I usually get is that my resume only goes until 2014. That is ...
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What does an Employer want to see when considering a candidate with High Functioning Autism?

I was recently (in the past year or so) diagnosed with a form of high functioning autism. I have been with my current employer for several years. In the past I have always tried to "Fake" being ...
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What are my option to deal with discrimination on mental health issues during the hiring stage?

I was offered a conditional offer letter, which means that I need to clear all the areas of a background check in order to get the job. However, I did not and after ordering a copy of my background ...
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How can I avoid discrimination against me without invoking my protected class status

The crux of the dilemma is that I am white and male. I also have disabilities. I have several disabilities due to neonatal hypoxia which caused some damage to the neuro-motor sections of my brain, ...
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Unproductive subordinate missing deadlines due to health conditions and problems outside work

I manage an unproductive subordinate, who has worked for the company for about 8 years. The issue was first raised almost 2 years ago, and has been gradually getting worse. The problem is not the ...
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When during the interview process do I mention that I have a disability?

I'm a software engineer in the United States. I'm currently suffering from hand pain that forces me to take breaks often at work (15 minutes on, 5 minutes off), and sometimes I need to use ...
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Should I disclose a 'learning disability' (dyslexia) to my employer?

I'm a CS undergrad. As undergrads are prone to do, I worked an internship at a tech company last summer. They seemed to like me, so I got a return offer. I'm back this summer, but the company's ...
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Disclosing information on your disabilities: How and when?

I'm involved with several groups that work with people with disabilities (having several myself). One question that comes up for people who's disabilities are not obvious is if they should disclose ...
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What is the etiquette to follow when writing a farewell message for a co-worker leaving permanently on disability?

We have a team member who has been with some of us for over 20 years, and the others have been in the industry with him for over 10 years. He had an accident at home that involved a significant head ...
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Medically related memory issues causing difficulty at work [closed]

I have bipolar disorder and am on a certain medication that's helping my mood quite a bit but is causing me to have black out periods where I can't recall what happened. This is affecting my work ...
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I have good English skills; how can I show them in an interview given my hearing loss?

I have no particular problem with written English but being half deaf (~45-50% hearing loss) and not a native speaker can make oral conversations difficult with foreign languages (or even with my ...
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Long term disability and resignation notice [closed]

I am currently on long term disability with my company. I would be returning to work next month, but I have accepted a job with a different company. How many days notice should I give my employer ...
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Can a company restrict an employee from looking for a job while they are on a PIP? [closed]

Can a company or employer restrict a person from looking for a job while he/she is put on a PIP?
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I have not work for over 10 years and have no references, what steps should I take to go back to work? (US)

Through a series of unfortunate events and traumas, I've been unable to work in any shape or form for over ten years. Worse I've been isolated much of this time and have become out of touch with my ...
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Panic attacks: Post-interview recovery

I have social anxiety. It is diagnosed and I have received medical treatment for this. Interviews can be a trigger for my panic attacks. These involve crying uncontrollably, shaking, skin conditions (...
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How can I limit or avoid social faux pas when I have a disability that makes it hard

I have Asperger's syndrome which makes it difficult for me to navigate the social aspects of the workplace, and I understand that other conditions such as depression, anxiety, et cetera can also cause ...
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As a deaf person in a country that doesn't have a lot of accommodations, how do I search for a job where my disability won't hinder my success? [closed]

I was born with profound deafness in India. But can read lips and communicate effectively. I'm a programmer. However, I'm a 1 to 1 person and this is an disadvantage in India. people aren't patient, ...
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How and when should I disclose that I'm deaf?

I was born profoundly deaf. I am struggling to be hired as a software programmer (Bachelor Science in Computer Science graduated in 2012). I have been employed from time to time but finding long-term ...
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How and when to ask for disability accommodations - UK

This question is UK-specific. I have a friend who is disabled looking for work. Their disabilities do not prevent them from performing the tasks expected in the jobs they are applying for, but do ...
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Should I get an alias if my name is long and associated with something a company does not like? [closed]

I am a teenager looking for a Summer job. My real name is very long. It is a Celtic spelling of a common Welsh name. I'm worried that the length might be part of why nobody is even contacting me back....
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Returning to work after long term disability

Here is my situation I have been out of work for nearly 12 years (currently on Social Security Disability Benefits). My previous job title was Senior System Analyst for a major company (I got disabled ...
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I'm returning to the workforce after a long-standing medical concern. Do I share this with a potential employer? [closed]

Some background I was formerly ambitious and driven. I had some great side gigs during university, got an academic scholarship to study for free and after graduating I found a position in the head ...
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Worried about changing jobs with the need for accommodations

I am considering interviewing for another company. At my current job I have a standing desk which I need for my health. I was able to get this desk after providing supporting medical documentation. A ...
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Determining how supportive potential employers would be of my disability

I suffer from a disability (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME). Basically I am constantly tired, and am actually more productive if I do fewer hours. Sometimes I ...
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Hidden/ unseen disability- how to ensure support is provided?

As someone who ticks the 'hidden or unseen disability' option on job applications and other forms, how should I go about trying to ensure that I get the support that I need to assist me with my ...
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Should I reply to urgent emails if I am not fit for work?

Background: I am on sick leave because of my manager: mental issues, specific problem discussed with MD and HR. I am trying to stay away from work-related emails. Meanwhile, I am sick and all my ...