Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), job applicants, interviewees, or employees never have to disclose a disability until an accommodation is needed (EEOC, 2002). If no accommodation is needed for the application or interview process, then there is no need to disclose the disability.
Should you say you’re autistic in a job interview?
Take some time to make a list with your unique skills and mention them during the interview. That way there’s less room for negative stereotypes. Pro: It changes the perspective the employer might have on autism. Con: Employers may still worry about supporting an autistic employee.
Do I have to disclose my autism to employers?
Disclosure and accessing support
Your employer needs to know that you have an autistic spectrum condition in order to make any ‘reasonable adjustments’, if you need them. Disclosing your diagnosis means that it is unlawful for your employer not to make any reasonable adjustments.
Do you have to declare autism on job application?
Unless the employer is aware of your autism, disability or other issue, they will not be required to make adjustments for you. If you do disclose, they are obliged to accommodate reasonable adjustments and you may be protected by discrimination laws.
How do you disclose autism in an interview?
Another way to disclose your diagnosis is to bring it up during your interview. Think about what you want to say, write a script, and practice saying it with someone you trust. Do: Provide some general information on ASD, in just one to two sentences.
Can you get fired for having autism?
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can make great employees. However some individuals never have the opportunity to succeed at employment because of discrimination in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 both prohibit discrimination in employment.
Can employer ask for proof of autism?
Once you have disclosed, an employer or business has the right to ask for proof of your disability. You should be prepared with documentation from a doctor or other medical professional, so that you can respond immediately, if you are asked.
Can people with autism keep a job?
While those with milder forms of autism can sometimes find suitable work if their special needs are addressed, many others can’t. People with classic autism or more severe forms of autistic spectrum disorders cannot generally handle jobs which require any significant degree of interaction with others.
How hard is it to get a job with autism?
In order to get a job in the general community, people with autism must compete for positions, which can be difficult for those with compromised social communication skills that can hamper their performance in job interviews and make it difficult to engage successfully with co-workers.
Should I mention autism on my resume?
There isn’t a right or wrong answer to disclosing autism or Aspergers on the job. Still there is a potential threat—it’s always there.