Disclosure of disability
Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:24 AM
My question is what rights do I have to protect myself from having to disclose my disability to absolute strangers time and time again. This issue is very embarrassing and emotional to me. It is impossible not to be self-conscious about this defect, I am broken, and the fear of becoming completely deaf is very real and overwhelming. In addition to my feelings is the fact that I am concerned about my ability to function safely in this unfamiliar environment. Not being able to hear or localize sounds will make me the weakest team member and may jeopardize my ability to provide safe patient care independently.
Do I have to tattoo my disability to my forehead and strap myself to the flag pole at this other facility so that everyone that comes in contact with me knows I am disabled? Are there laws that protect me from this humiliation? Can they fire me for not wanting to put myself in that position?
Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:36 PM
So I suggest you do some thorough research on the US DOL's website about the Americans with Disabilities Act:
If that doesn't answer your questions I suggest you consult an employment attorney who specializes in ADA so you can educate yourself and be prepared for the eventuality where your job becomes an issue.
By the way, have you had an MRI? Single side deafness is often caused by an Acoustic Neuroma.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:12 AM
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