Shhhh it’s a secret: encouraging students to disclose their disability during the recruitment process
Over three quarters of disabled students would prefer not to share information about their disability with an employer. This reluctance is preventing them from requesting the support they require to compete in the recruitment process and, in some cases, stops them from applying altogether.
Based on research undertaken into ‘Openness’ this workshop will enable delegates to understand the concerns that disabled students have about disclosure and how these can best be addressed; recognise the benefits that come with being open (and the consequences of not); and enable them to advise students on when and how to inform an employer.
The workshop will:
- Highlight why employers ask about disability and how they use the information
- Provide insights into why students are so reluctant to be open about their disability
- Build understanding into the benefits of being open, and the consequences of not
- Enable delegates to confidently advise their students on whether to disclose, how and when
- Provide practical tools to use with students in preparing to disclose a disability
There will also be the opportunity to hear from employers and students who will provide insights and share their experiences.
The workshop will be delivered by Helen Cooke, Director of MyPlus. It will provide the delegates with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss the key issues. The format will also enable delegates to learn from others working in this challenging space.
“Helen’s experience as a graduate, an employer and a consultant gives her a unique insight into the issues faced by students with disabilities, educators and employers. Her work has always been solutions focused, helping drive industry change and improving outcomes for students.” – Stephen Isherwood; C.E.O Institute of Student Employers.
Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant to all student support professionals wishing to build their understanding of the challenges facing disabled students in relation to employment.