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Old 06-08-12, 09:24 AM
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ADD and ADA

Ok, not that I see one in my near future (lol) I was wondering if you should mention you have ADD during your interview or after you are hired?

Also, I know that employers can discriminate and not hire you if you mention you have a disability. No way to prove it though- it's not like they are going to admit it and have a lawsuit on their hands.

They could always say the position has been filled or you arent qualified.

Anyway around this?
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Re: ADD and ADA

You can disclose a disability, but don't have to disclose the specific diagnosis. Keep in mind, that the employer has the right to send you for a "fit for duty" medical exam.

You could also get a letter from your doctor certifying that you have a disability, and also that you are considered "job-ready".
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Re: ADD and ADA

I would never disclose adhd, at most I would disclose that I had a disability, once they know a diagnosis they can target your symptoms. They don't have a right to know.
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Re: ADD and ADA

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You can disclose a disability, but don't have to disclose the specific diagnosis. Keep in mind, that the employer has the right to send you for a "fit for duty" medical exam.

You could also get a letter from your doctor certifying that you have a disability, and also that you are considered "job-ready".
I was wrong in making this statement. For a NEW employer, they cannot ask you to submit to a medical examination prior to the job offer. But, they can offer you a position, conditionally, based on the outcome of a post-offer medical exam. If the employer withdraws the job offer, they must show the reason is skill/job related.

For an EXISTING employer, they can, only if your disability interferes with your work.

http://www.ada.gov/qandaeng.htm
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Re: ADD and ADA

my client's family knows about my ADHD, but that's because the son has it, as do the two grandkids that I deal with daily. I felt comfortable sharing that with them, and it comes up a LOT in convo (not about me, but about them). Other than that, no one knows. Not even my employer.
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Re: ADD and ADA

I am coming to the conclusion that the ADA is pretty much useless when it comes to AD(H)D. To make it work for you you would have to say "I can do the job as described -- if I am given this list of accommodations, for I have attention deficit disorder". I have my doubts about this strategy in anything less than a full employment scenario -- and a unionized workplace.
If you say that you can do the job as described thanks to medication then you are in the same position as someone with glasses. No further consideration is necessary. Good luck.


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Re: ADD and ADA

I would not disclose it at the time of the interview.

The interview would be a good time for you to ask some questions about the duties and responsibilities of the job, however.

That way, if you are hired, you will have an idea ahead of time what will be expected of you. If you find yourself needing accommodation, it's already on the record with them instead of given in response when a problem arises.

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Re: ADD and ADA

I would never disclose it. You're f**ked either way.
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Re: ADD and ADA

I wouldn't disclose at time of interview, unless you are applying for the job based on your disability. Some employers have a specific hiring authority for persons with disabilities. In that case, it would best (and is sometimes required) to have a letter from your doctor that certifies you are a person with a disability. However, the specific diagnosis is not required, and they should state that, in their medical opinion, are "job-ready" and able to perform the job with or without accommodations.

I have an example if you'd like one. Feel free to message me.

However, if already on the job, I wouldn't disclose at all, unless it is starting to interfere with your work. You can only blame the symptoms of ADHD on age (or anything else) for so long. Keeping in mind, that in that circumstance, you are opening yourself up for criticism and having to prove that your issues are, in fact, medically related.
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Re: ADD and ADA

Disclosing ADD in the interview just seems like a reason for them not to hire you to me. Especially because most people either don't believe ADD exists, or have absolutely no clue what it actually is.
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Re: ADD and ADA

My new employer knows I have ADHD, but only because there are certain medications you can't take while on duty. I asked before I signed the release for the pre-employment drug screen if there were any meds that would disqualify me from working for the company...my now boss pipes up with "I have ADHD, and am taking Adderall and it doesn't stop me from working here."... My heart about jumped out of my chest! I had finally found a kindred spirit!
But other than that kind of situation I wouldn't say anything...it's nobodies buisness but my own.
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