As a person with a disability, you may choose to disclose your disability to a variety of other community members. Oftentimes, disclosure may be made to the following individuals (among others):
• Friends and acquaintances
• Owners or staff members of various businesses (such as grocery stores, banks, or clothing stores)
• Public transportation staff
• Parks and recreation staff
• Events coordinator
• Mentors or role models
There are certain questions that you can ask yourself to help you decide which person or persons to share this information with, such as the following:
• Do I have respect for and trust in this person’s keeping my disclosure confidential?
• Is disclosure essential to our relationship?
• Does this person have the power to determine how reasonable a request for an accommodation is?
• Can the person provide the required accommodation(s)?
• Is this person going to use information about my disability to support me or harm me?
Remember that it’s important to select a private, confidential, comfortable place to disclose, and to allow enough time to discuss the impact of your disability. The person(s) you are disclosing to might have questions, suggestions, or concerns that require additional discussion.