Talking to others about your disability

Mentioning your disability creates trust and an open relationship with your employer and co-workers. It allows you to talk about how you will perform your tasks to the necessary standards. It also allows you and your employer to discuss teamwork and changes to the workplace to help you do your job.

You should tell your employer about your disability if it is likely to affect how you can do your job. You should also mention your disability if it will affect your ability to work safely and ensure the safety of your co-workers.

If your disability has no effect on your ability to do the job or to work safely, you are entitled not to mention it.

What information to discuss

You only need to provide information about how your disability may affect your ability to do the job or to work safely. You should mention any medications you take that may affect your ability to work safely. You do not need to talk about other medical or personal issues.

Remember that, if you do mention your disability to someone at work, they cannot tell anyone else about it unless you give them permission to do so.

Financial help with changing the workplace

If you and your employer agree to make changes to the workplace to help you do the job, you can tell your employer about the Employment Assistance Fund. This fund pays for the costs of modifying the workplace or purchasing special equipment.

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