What should an employer know about hidden disability

There are many people with hidden disabilities living in Ireland.  The public perception of disability is visible, yet those with a hidden disability are often misunderstood or overlooked, and in some cases not believed.

When it comes to hidden disability it's making sure that you ask everybody do they require any reasonable accommodations to do the job to the best of their disability. See our page on inclusive recruitment and management here.

The issue of disclosure is more difficult for a person with a hidden disability as their disability wouldn't be obvious to an employer.

According to Millward Brown & See Change research report “Irish Attitudes and Behaviours to Mental Health 2012”:

  • 57% believe that being open about a mental health problem at work would have a negative impact on job & career prospects (up from 48% in 2010)
  • 47% believe that being open about a mental health problem at work would have a negative effect on a person’s relationship with colleagues (up from 36% in 2010)

Source: See Change.