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Need to hide my disability to have a career

Jadey1516 Community member Posts: 8 Connected
edited March 2021 in Work and employment
Hi all,

I've grown up feeling proud of being Dyspraxic and whilst it has presented challenges, I've worked through them and fought hard to achieve grades in subjects with report style writing.

I was diagnosed at 5 so have been aware of the condition and proudly open about it throughout my life despite at least one person at each stage thinking I'm "mucking about" or am not intelligent. 

However, I'm now starting to really think carefully as management in my current firm (a large multinational), have been denying me opportunities using "my writing" as an excuse despite it showing little to no difference from neurotypical peers, promoted peers who have openly bullied me about my condition and ignored OH reports. There's considerably more and been ongoing for 1.5 years despite numerous reports. 

I've tried looking for Neurodiverse hiring programmes but unfortunately can only find ones for Autism or Dyslexia in the UK and none in Wales. I have only considered these programmes as I can't think of any other option in finding somewhere that treats me as a person first. My preference is being hired regardless of my condition but I need to be in an environment where people don't just see that one part of me. 

I'm starting to think my only option is a new employer but to hide my disabilities as I'm 28 and don't want to lose more years being denied a career.

Any advice is much appreciated 


  • kami24
    kami24 Community member Posts: 402 Pioneering
    I know what you feel like. I did a management course but find it hard to be employed as you have to tell them everything etc and how they judge you etc 
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Jadey1516

    Your current employer doesn't sound fantastic at handling this, worth noting that many other employers, the vast majority even, would be considerate enough to accommodate your condition and not use it against you. 

    If you can't get to where you want to be with your current employer, and ultimately if you aren't happy, seeking something elsewhere might be a good option for you, however I would personally not advise hiding your disability from a new employer on a permanent basis.

    Hiding it would prevent you from receiving any additional support you might be entitled to.
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi there 

    You should never need to hide your disability and doing so could put you at risk of not having reasonable adjustments put in place for your well being 

    There are lots companies out there who support disabled  employees to thrive but also a lot that dont 

    You can normally gauge their perspective in first few months and even during recruitment process 

    If you have any concerns over your current employer speak to hr and ask on company policy regarding accommodating equality act 

    You can also get lots advice from ACAS over any employment issues 
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