Disclosure of a Psychiatric Disability in Supported Employment: An Exploratory Study
People with psychiatric disabilities entering the workplace and their supported employment providers frequently contemplate whether to disclose the supported employee’s disability and their support needs to employers and workplace personnel. This study examined the role of disclosing a psychiatric disability and the employment experiences of 162 people participating in ten supported employment programs in the United States. Results indicate that 82% of the supported employees had their disability disclosed in the workplace; however disclosure was typically made by the employment agency. The relation between who disclosed the disability, what was disclosed and the effect on employment outcomes (including typical employment experiences, job adjustment and workplace accommodations) are examined. Practical suggestions are identified for supporting individuals regarding disclosure.
Banks, Becky R.; Novak, Jeanne A.; Mank, David M.; and Grossi, Teresa, "Disclosure of a Psychiatric Disability in Supported Employment: An Exploratory Study" (2007). Counseling and Special Education Faculty Publications. 13.
The International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation