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Disability and the application form

Discussion in 'Personal' started by linzoid, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. I have a disability that means I fall under the DDA. My disability is not noticeable, looking at me you would never know that something is going on inside. I left my last full time teaching position at the end of July last year. Since then, I have been filling out application forms at a rate of about 3-5 a week. So far I have only had 6 interviews. On all of my forms I have told the schools what they need to know about my disability so that reasonable adjustments can be made. The adjustments that I need will not cost a school any money at all. I personally feel that I am not getting invited for an interview because, I have declared my disability. I know that I have sound references! A few years ago I was off work for an extended period of time due to illness. Since going back to work following the long term illness, I have only missed school as a result of Consultant appointments. How do I find out if this is the case?
  2. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    I don't think this is the case, I've applied for 100+ jobs and not had an interview (I know others who are also in a similar boat) Just a sign of the times IMO and nothing to do with your disability.Just bneed to look at the Jobseekers forum to see how dire it is.
    Good Luck with future applications! x
  3. I know that feeling of 'should I mention it or not' on the forms.What I've always done is kept any information to absolutely the minimal I can get away with. Mine is more health issues. This does not affect my work and I have worked so hard to keep it out of work wherever humanly possible. I have less time off than most and only when I can't humanlly get myself out of bed. No time off this session at all. So I don't feel that they 'need to know' the private details of my health. My advice would be to keep info to a minimum (need to know basis) because it sounds to me like you, yourself have kept it to a minimum in your life. it is marginal to who you are and I see positivity and strength and insight. You don't let it be an issue for you. I do think that the right school will see the positives and spotting the word disability should not - if they are worth their salt - have any effect on their decision.
    I think that they are very much encouraged to have a certain quota of staff who are registered disabled if I am not wrong. There are loads of kids with visible and non visible disabilities so shouldn't there be teachers with disabilities as positive role models.
    So yes I do declare it where I absolutely have to legally but otherwise, it is my business which does not affect anyone else and does not stop me from doing my job. I don't wear it on my shoulderif you know what I mean and it really sounds like you don't either. I really very much hope you get the right post soon - you have a lot to offer.

  4. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    I agree. In many public service jobs you are guaranteed an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for the post.

    I honestly think the OP needs to review her applications and seek feedback if she can find someone to help.

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