TLDR; Self-disclosure is an entirely personal decision. We’re not here to tell you whether or not to do so. We’re here to make the process simple, secure, and accessible.
We want to start off by telling you that we’re not here to force you into disclosing. We understand that this is a very personal and sometimes painful decision. Not only has our founder and many of our teammates gone through this experience, we’ve spoken with quite literally thousands of people about disclosure.
We’ve learned that the main reasons people choose not to disclose are:
😟 Fear of being treated differently at work
😟 Not realizing they are covered under the ADA, or not knowing their rights
😟 Fear that nothing will be done about it after disclosing
😟 Not detecting and/or accepting their own disabilities
😟 Negative experience in the past
The number one reason to disclose a disability or illness is to receive access to accommodations. Accommodations, sometimes known as “productivity enhancers”, enable us to have an equal opportunity not only to get a job, but successfully perform job tasks to the same extent as people without illnesses or disabilities. Accommodations can be major or minor changes, but can truly make your work more accessible.
A second reason to disclose a disability in the workplace is to receive benefits or privileges of employment. These can include, but aren't limited to, access to employer-sponsored training, transportation, credit unions, cafeterias, auditoriums and social functions.
The third reason is that it can be draining to hide a significant part of one's identity. When people feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work, their sense of well-being improves.
Disclo will NEVER share your underlying illness or disability with your employer. We’re simply here to help you get access to accommodations. We’ll verify your disability directly with your medical provider, and let your employer know which accommodations you are requesting. We’re removing the awkward conversations in the lunchroom, and providing a safe and efficient way to ask for accommodations at work.