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Disability Disclosure in Employment Series

Learn about workshops CAP offers on disclosure in various employment situations

As a part of the ADA Title I duties under our grant, the Client Assistance Program (CAP) has developed an interactive Disclosure in Employment Series which will include three separate one hour workshops over Zoom. The series is aimed at employees and jobseekers with disabilities and is free of charge.

The first workshop, The Decision to Disclose, focuses on how a person with a disability decides whether or not they should disclose their disability at different stages of the employment process.

The second workshop, Reasonable Accommodations in Employment, focuses on the best practices for requesting a reasonable accommodation.

The third workshop will discuss Disability Discrimination in Employment.

Table of Contents

The Decision to Disclose

The Decision to Disclose workshop focuses on how a person with a disability decides whether or not they should disclose their disability at different stages of the employment process. Attendees will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of disclosure. If a person decides to disclose, what should they reasonably be expected to share? During the workshop, attendees will participate in guided exercises where they practice:

  1. weighing the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing,
  2. describing their limitations and not their disability, and
  3. responding to  specific situations in employment where they may need to decide whether to disclose their disability.

Workshops will be in groups of 5-7 people so that attendees have the space to ask questions, complete the exercises, and receive feedback. There is no cost to attendees for this workshop.

Initially, we will hold the workshops one Wednesday a month, February through June, 2021. Each Wednesday will consist of a morning session from 11am-12pm and an afternoon session from 2pm-3pm covering the same content. 

Current schedule:

  • Wednesday April 21, 11am-12pm
  • Wednesday April 21, 2pm-3pm
  • Wednesday May 12, 11am-12pm - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday May 12, 2pm-3pm - CANCELLED
  • Wednesday June 16, 11am-12pm
  • Wednesday June 16, 2pm-3pm

Interested participants should send an email to contactCAPMA@mass.gov indicating their desired time slot or request a future workshop.  Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a session is filled, participants will be sent the workshop materials and the Zoom invite.

If you think this workshop could be a helpful resource for your group, we can schedule special sessions for small groups. If you would like to learn more about sessions for your group, send an email contactCAPMA@mass.gov with the best number at which to reach you.

Reasonable Accommodations in Employment

The Reasonable Accommodations in Employment workshop focuses on the steps a person with a disability would take to request a reasonable accommodation. Attendees will discuss how to talk about the supports needed to perform their essential job functions instead of focusing on their disability. During the workshop, attendees will participate in guided exercises where they:

  1. describe their functional limitations and not their disability,
  2. use a job description to practice identifying the essential functions of a job, and
  3. draft an outline of an accommodation request based on best practice.

Workshops will be in groups of 5-7 people so that attendees have the space to ask questions, complete the exercises, and receive feedback. There is no cost to attendees for this workshop.

Initially, we will hold the workshops one Wednesday a month, starting July 2021. Each Wednesday will consist of a morning session from 11am-12:30pm and an afternoon session from 2pm-3:30pm covering the same content. Each time slot builds in a short break halfway through the session.

Current schedule:

  • Wednesday July 21, 11am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday July 21, 2pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday August 18, 11am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday August 18, 2pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday September 22, 11am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday September 22, 2pm-3:30pm

Interested participants should send an email to contactCAPMA@mass.gov indicating their desired time slot.  Spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a session is filled, participants will be sent the workshop materials and the Zoom invite.

If you think this workshop could be a helpful resource for your group, we can schedule special sessions for small groups. If you would like to learn more about sessions for your group, send an email contactCAPMA@mass.gov with the best number at which to reach you.

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