The most effective way of informing a future employer about your disability or long-term health condition is to have a conversation with them. However this is not always possible and you will frequently be asked to provide information about your situation on your application form. The following are examples of the type of information you could provide to an employer when informing them of your disability or explaining a certain aspect of your application form. Please note, that these are simply examples of what you might say and how you may say it. Please do not use these as templates; you need to personalise what you say to suit your own situation.
Focusing On The Positives
Managing various doctor appointments, meetings, and study groups helped develop my time management skills; my academic performance has not suffered since my illness due to this collaboration. This experience has revealed my strength and resilience when facing a significant challenge, and demonstrates my ability to adapt to any situation.
Impact Of A Late Diagnosis Of Dyslexia
Shortly after my first-year exams, my university's Disability Services organised an assessment to determine whether I have dyslexia. The assessment confirmed that I did have dyslexia and I communicated with my university's Disability Services to obtain adjustments that have significantly improved my ability to study and learn. My considerably improved second-year exam results show that I only required a few simple adjustments to succeed, and I anticipate further improvement in my final year. I trust that (FIRM NAME) will appreciate this when considering my application.
Gap In Education As A Result Of A Disability
Before leaving university I was offered a place at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, to begin a short-term commission with the Yorkshire Regiment in January 2011.
However, in September 2010 I contracted a rare and aggressive form of bacterial meningitis which subsequently left me severely disabled. I was told that I would be paralysed from the neck down for the rest of my life. After a lengthy stay in hospital I was discharged in August 2011 and began an intensive period of rehabilitation.
Today, after much hard work, I have regained significant use of my upper body and continue to regain strength in my legs. It was this recovery that encouraged me to take a Masters to prepare myself for a return to work.
I wish to achieve the same goals from work as I did prior to falling ill and feel that I have much to offer (FIRM NAME) not only in an academic and intellectual capacity, but also through my interpersonal skills and strength of character.
During my second term at university I lost 50% of my vision in a very short period of time. Obviously this was a very stressful time for me, and I decided to take some time out whilst my condition continued to change and I adapted to my new situation before returning to my studies.
During the two years that I took out , as well as intense medical treatment, I also worked part-time in a small law firm. My confidence returned during this time and I felt ready to return to university to start a new course in 2011. Not only have I participated fully in university life, I have also achieved academically as my exam results show.
Lack Of Work Experience
Managing my disability has specifically forced me to develop my communication and influencing skills as a result of having to work with service providers. I have also developed my ability to plan and organise as a result of coordinating my doctor's appointments around my university schedule. In addition, by working with my university's Disability Services, I have advanced my ability to work effectively in a team. These skills will transfer well to a career at (FIRM NAME), and demonstrate that I have much to offer.
Explaining Lower Grades
For several years, I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks when under severe stress. I experienced anxiety attacks during the exams for (MODULE) and (MODULE), resulting in a lower mark for these modules. Since I did not fail, I was ineligible to re-sit these exams. I trust that (FIRM NAME) will take this into consideration when reviewing my application.