Hello blog readers!
I know that I haven’t blogged for a few weeks, but I started college! It’s been a hectic transition so I have been really busy adjusting to this new life. It is going pretty good so far. I just am needing to work on making some new friends. I feel pretty alone right now. I feel like most people in my classes have already made friends with each other. I’m not that great at making friends, I’m just too shy to talk to people. I swore that that was a habit that I was going to break when I got to college but so far it’s not working out for me. Did anyone else feel the same when they started university or college? Or just a new school or even a new job? I hope that I will make at least a few friends in the next few weeks. It would be really great to have people to hang out with after classes, at night and on weekends. I really could use more friends just in general. Other than that though, college is starting out pretty okay. I like my classes so far and my professors all seem really nice.
Onto the point of this blog, which is disclosure. What is disclosure when it comes to disabilities? Disclosure is informing people of your disability. Sometimes, disabilities are unseen such as mental illness, chronic pain, etc etc. In my case obviously Moebius can be seen and heard. If you were starting a new job, disclosure would be telling your employer that you have this disability. It’s not mandatory and you’re not obligated to so long as you can still do the job but some people choose to inform their employer. When I had my job interview, I had a brochure on Moebius and I gave it to the interviewer to read. She said that having Moebius didn’t matter as long as I could still perform the job functions. So now in college, I thought it might be a good idea to let my professors know about Moebius so they weren’t left wondering. I emailed them all and explained it. i got emails back from almost all of them and they all thanked me for letting them know and wanting to work out strategies for me to succeed despite it. I was actually very happy at the responses. They are all being very supportive and understanding. Like I said in the email, I am not looking for special treatment in any form but I thought they should know solely for their own information. Also I’m on a mission to raise awareness of Moebius but obviously I have talked about that in my blog before.
So in the end, I am happy that I did disclose to them. They’re very supportive and they want to help me succeed. I aim to prove to them that although I look and sound different, I can be just as successful as everyone else in my classes and maybe moreso. I don’t mean to sound egotistical with that statement but all I want to do is prove that we with Moebius and others with disabilities are just as, if not more, able. I have a passion for writing and I just have to let that shine through.
So I will ask this to everyone reading this: What are some pros and cons of disclosure? Have you ever disclosed a disability to an employer or teacher? What was your experience like?