1. Disclose because you want to. You're under no legal obligation to disclose your disability but doing so may help you to get reasonable adjustments to enable you to fulfil your potential.
2. Disclose because it's beneficial to you! Ask yourself, if I don't disclose, and don't ask for reasonable adjustments, will it affect my performance? Employers want to recruit the best talent from a level playing field, so let them know what you need.
3. During applications, use your disability to demonstrate skills you have developed through managing your condition, like resilience, initiative and problem-solving.
4. Often disclosing sooner is better, so employers have time to put in place reasonable adjustments for you.
5. Tell an employer what you need to overcome any challenges your disability may present. Employers care more about this than what those challenges are. (If you don't know what reasonable adjustments you need at work, King's Disability Support can help you out).
6. Be mindful that some people may not be familiar with medical terminology as employers may not have specialist knowledge of your condition. Concentrate more on how it affects you, and what you need to overcome it.
7. Get experience! Learn how your disability affects you in work, develop your core competencies and discover what reasonable adjustments you need. (Through King's Internships: Advance, you can apply to get paid experience at an excellent UK employer!)
8. Talk to the King's Internships team and/or the King's Disability Support about what reasonable adjustments may mean for you. Is it rest breaks? Screen-reader software? Flexible hours? Home working? Wheelchair access? Low-light levels in a room? Quiet spaces to withdraw to? Each person, even with the same condition can require different adjustments.
Courtesy of Change100, a paid summer internship programme designed to bring together leading employers with talented students and graduates with disabilities and long term health conditions.