Answered Questions: Monthly News for the Disability Community for November 2019

Answered Questions is a monthly resource for the Spanish language Disability Community that fills an information need. This month’s question is: I was diagnosed with a disability six months ago and I have not disclosed my diagnosis to my employer. I may need accommodations and may need to disclose my diagnosis, but I am unsure of what to do. Do you have any information, research or resources on disclosing a diagnosis to an employer, other person, or group? This edition of Answered Questions includes items that discuss learning about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); a study on the disclosure of a stigmatized identity; a NIDILRR-funded study on the pros and cons of disclosing a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis at work; the advantages and disadvantages of disclosing a disability to employers; information for youth with disabilities and their parents on how and when to disclose a disability or diagnosis; and disclosing a disability on the world stage. More about Answered Questions.

NIDILRR-Funded Projects:

  • The ADA National Network (ADANN) (in English) helps people with disabilities, employers, educators, service providers, and other professionals gain knowledge about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA, which includes how your rights are affected by disclosing your disability or not. The Network provides resources (in English), including publications in English and Spanish, that help people learn more about the ADA. The ADANN also facilities the coordination, organization, and collaboration among the 10 ADA Regional Centers (in English), including legal briefs such as Invisible Disabilities and the ADA (in English) which reviews legal issues and court decisions and discusses medical inquiries, examinations, and disability disclosure.

From the NARIC Collection:

Research In Focus:

  • The article, Disclosing a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis at Work May Have Pros and Cons (also available in English), discusses a NIDILRR-funded study that asked people with MS about their experiences in the workplace after their diagnosis. Researchers found that participants in the study experienced both positive and negative reactions to their disclosure of their diagnosis. They also found that some participants were afraid that disclosing could have a negative impact on their employment and that some participants expressed a desire to have control over when, how, and with whom their diagnosis is shared. If you would like to learn more about this and other NIDILRR-funded studies, take a look through NARIC’s Research In Focus series, which is available in English and Spanish.


  • The article, The advantages and disadvantages of disclosing a disability to employers, discusses how disclosing a disability to an employer is an important step in the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities. The authors include examples of possible advantages of disability disclosure that include workplace accommodations for the employee with disabilities and discusses possible disadvantages of disability disclosure that include issues with confidentiality. The article continues with advice for parents on how to help their child with disabilities learn on how and when to disclose their disability.

Youth in Transition:

Human Interest:

  • The article, Prejudices are a major disability, discusses Jesús Vidal, a Spanish actor with visual disabilities, who won the Goya* for Best Actor for his role of a basketball player with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the movie Campeones (subtitles in English). The article describes Mr. Vidal’s speech, which included his disclosure of his visual disabilities and shares Mr. Vidal’s discussion of his acceptance speech, his own disabilities, and how the movie can be used to educate the general public about disabilities. – *The Goya Awards are the Spanish version of the Oscars in the US.


Further Research:




About Answered Questions

Each month, we look through the searches on our blog and through the information requests made by our patrons who speak Spanish and pick a topic that fills the largest need. Each resource mentioned above is associated with this month’s information need. We search the various Spanish language news sources and feeds throughout the month to bring you these articles. With the exception of the NIDILRR Projects, From the NARIC Collection, and Further Investigation, all the linked articles and resources are in Spanish – any that are in English will be clearly marked.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
This entry was posted in Publications, Respuestas a las Preguntas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.