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Career Search Information for Students with Disabilities

  • Millions of job seekers with disabilities are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Under this act:
    • people with disabilities are not required to disclose any information regarding disability or health status to employers via resume
    • It is forbidden to discriminate on the basis of physical or mental disability
    • Asking applicants any questions regarding past or present medical conditions
    • Requiring applicants to take any pre-employment medical examinations
    • Reasonable accommodations in the workplace must be made for qualified individuals with disabilities
  • There is no "right" time to disclose your disability. It is up to you! However, you should weigh the pros and cons of disclosure throughout each phase of the hiring process. If you choose to disclose, here are some opportune times to do so…
    • Before an interview
    • At the interview
    • After you have a job offer
    • During your course of employment
    • Never.
  • Generally, if you choose to disclose, it is most helpful to share the following:
    • General information about your disability
    • Why you are disclosing your disability
    • How your disability affects your ability to perform key job tasks
    • Types of accommodations that have worked for you in the past
    • Types of accommodations you anticipate needing in the workplace
    • Disclose your disability on a "need-to-know" basis


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Career Center
Indiana State University
231 North 6th Walkway
Terre Haute, IN. 47809
(812) 237-5000
(812) 237-4392 (fax)