For individuals who have a disability, including learning difficulties or mental health concerns, it’s important to ensure that you receive the correct support both during the recruitment process and in the workplace itself.
However, how do you know if you have a disability and whether or not you can request support?
The legal definition for disability states:
You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
This includes but is not limited to: visual and hearing impairments, mobility impairments, autism, diabetes, epilepsy, dyslexia, dyspraxia, mental health conditions, speech impairments and major illnesses such as cancer and MS.
If you are still unsure of whether or not you have a disability and can ask for support rather than asking if you have a disability, ask yourself:
What support or adjustments or changes to the recruitment process and / or workplace will I require in order to demonstrate my full potential?