As most of you know, I'm in a wheelchair, since I have brittle bones. Where I work, we're starting on a drive to get people to disclose their disabilities, so this is something that's been on my mind a lot over the last few days. If you don't mind, I would appreciate some input from you guys. Please note, I'm not asking you to disclose anything personal, but let's put it in "hypothetical" terms...
- Would you disclose the nature of your disability, if you had one, to your employer. (Yes, or no and) Why?
- What do you think of the word "Disability"? Would you use a different phrase? For example "Differently abled"?
- What words referring to a disability do you find objectionable? For example, "Crippled" or "Retarded"?
- Would you consider illnesses such as epilepsy to be a disability? What other illnesses would fall into this category?
- How would you feel if you found out that someone you worked with was epileptic, had another type of illness that classified them as having a disability?
- How would you encourage people around you to disclose the fact that they had a disability?
- What would you change in your work environment to accommodate someone with a disability? This is rather a vague question, but besides the obvious - ramp for a wheelchair, lifts, braille for a blind person - what else can we do to accommodate someone?
Thanks in advance for all your help, guys ... your input is much appreciated. I'm sure I've forgotten a few questions, but that's enough to start off this discussion. Mods, if you feel this belongs in a different section of the forum, please move it.