What should I know about Disclosure?

  • A person with a disability has the choice whether or not they tell you about their disability.

  • There are a number of benefits to the employee in disclosing their disability to you as their employer as you have a duty to make reasonable adjustments or accommodations and ensure the workplace is accessible.

  • You should be clear on the competencies required for a job from the initial stages of advertising and provide as much information as possible.

  • At interview stage, you should provide opportunities for disclosures. 

  • You should have clear procedures in place when someone discloses a disability including what will happen with the information.

Resources for Disclosure


The Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) have written a very helpful guide which goes through case studies, the legal obligations for employers and more.   

The National Disability Authority (NDA) has conducted research in the area to help understand the various aspects of disclosure in the public sector.