Watch the online presentation: Job Searching for Students with Disabilities (opens in new browser window)
As you begin your job search, ask yourself: as a future employee, and a person with a disability, what do you want and need in a workplace? This should help guide your job search.
Research various companies that you hope to work for. Do they advertise or promote values such as inclusiveness, diversity, respect, or work/life balance? Companies who do are quite likely to welcome employees from diverse backgrounds, however don’t necessarily discount a company right away that does not advertise these values.
Ask yourself: will disclosing my disability help me get the job, and does it help me get the accommodations that I will need to perform the job?
You are not required to disclose your disability if:
There are several points within the hiring process when you can disclose your disability1:
There are pros and cons to each one, and the decision should be based on your needs and comfort level. If and when you do decide to disclose your disability, there are some things to keep in mind:
Employers have a duty to accommodate the disabilities of potential and current employees up to the point of undue hardship2. A range of accommodations may be used, many of which have little or no cost. Some examples of accommodations include:
If you are requesting workplace accommodations:
Disability is a protected characteristic under the Manitoba Human Rights Code3. Discrimination based on disability, or any of the other protected characteristics under the Code, is prohibited. If you feel you have experienced discrimination by a potential or current employer, contact:
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
Toll Free: 1-888-884-8681