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Old 04-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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Telling Our Employer

Are there any persons here, diagnosed with ADD/ADHD who have found it necessary to tell your employers about your condition?

I"m returning to work in a few weeks and while my insurance company won't give that information to my employer, I've been under the opinion that the employer must know about our ADD/ADHD because its a disability and certain aspects of that disability would need to be accommodated.

The insurance company rep is telling me that my employer doesn't have to know the reason for having to accommodate my disability, only that they'll have to. I don't think that's fair for either my employer or myself. Part of me says that if they know I have ADHD, they can't fire me for any apsect that it causes.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

 
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I haven't told my employers. It's just easier. Heck, I have a seasonal job, and most people at work have no idea I had 3 surgeries last year.

Now, even if you disclose, they CAN still fire you. They might have to show that they made an effort to accommodate your disability, but if your boss really wants you out, sooner or later you will be gone. The trick to getting disabilities accommodated without resentment is to be good enough at your job that they want to keep you!

Before you start work, try to figure out what problems your ADHD is likely to cause. Determine which ones you can "self-accommodate" (for example, by using technology to send you reminders.) Then, if you decide you need help, ask, in a polite, low-key, but clear, way.

 
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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Re: Telling Our Employer

Thank you Jane. You make valid points: "The trick to getting disabilities accommodated without resentment is to be good enough at your job that they want to keep you!" and "even if you disclose, they CAN still fire you".

I guess I'm afraid more of the unknown, so perhaps I should find a way to get past that and, as you say, just be good enough at my job that they'll want to keep me. I did work there fore nearly 20 yeas before this all blew up, and had a good reputation and a lot of respect. Working to gain all that back will be a challenge and I'll just have to do it in my own good natured way.

 
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So you worked there before, but had to stop due to issues? In that case, you probably should explain things to someone. If you have a good relationship with your immediate supervisor, that would probably be the person to talk to. Don't be all legalese, just give a very SHORT version of what happened and what your plan is to handle things better, and what he or she could possibly do to help, if relevant.

 
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Yes, I had a breakdown that I'm told was due to ADHD, and now, 20 months later (I've been on LTD) have been deemed "fixed" so its back to work I go. I'd better sit down quietly before the meeting on Friday and make a lot of notes to take with me.

Thanks again Jane for your souond advice.

I still have some anxiety about going back but I'll work hard this week to try to keep myself relaxed.

 
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