Encouraging openness – enabling students to be open about their disability with employers – 16th May 2023

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"I thought that this was by far the best session I've ever attended on the topic or disability and student recruitment. It was detailed, clear and nuanced, and I really appreciated your guiding principles of openness and sharing. " – Claire, University of York

Over three quarters of disabled students would prefer not to share information about their disability with an employer*.  This reluctance is preventing them from requesting the support they require to compete in the recruitment process and, in some cases, resulting in them being rejected from the process.

Based on research undertaken into ‘Openness’ this workshop will enable delegates to understand the concerns that disabled students have about disclosure and how these can best be addressed; recognise the benefits that come with being open (and the consequences of not); and enable them to advise students on when and how to inform an employer.

The webinar will:

-Highlight why employers ask about disability and how they use the information

-Provide insights into why students are so reluctant to be open about their disability

-Build understanding into the benefits of being open, and the consequences of not

-Enable delegates to confidently advise their students on whether to disclose, how and when

-Provide practical tools to use with students in preparing to disclose a disability

There will also be the opportunity to hear from students who will share their own personal insights regards being open with an employer about their disability.

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus; it will be run as an interactive event and provide the opportunity for discussion, questions and sharing best practice. This webinar is free to attend.

* Openness: Understanding why students are reluctant to be open with employers about their disability;

This webinar is taking place on Tuesday 16th May; 10am - 11.15am. 

Who should attend?

This webinar is ideal for anyone working in careers and employability who is keen to build their expertise to provide the specialist careers advice that students require to enable them to overcome the additional challenges that having a disability can bring to the job hunting and recruitment process.

Accessibility requirements

If you require any support or adjustments to attend this webinar you will have the opportunity to request this on the booking form.  Please confirm your requirements as soon as possible. Whilst we will endeavour to implement your requirements, any requests received after Thursday 4th May, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Helen is an energised and thoroughly engaging presenter. Her point of difference is that she is a positive and powerful role model. Helen uses her own lived experiences of disability and examples from the students she coaches, to unpack many practical examples on how to build disability confidence, address discrimination and self-advocate to gain employment.

– Susan Beard; National Disability Coordination Officer Program,