“I wouldn’t tell your employer about your disability, if I were you.”
I was 13 years old when I told my teacher I wanted to find a job. Their response shocked me.
I am autistic and have expressive-receptive language disorder, disabilities that can make everyday life at least a tiny bit challenging, but to everyone else remain ‘hidden’. Invisible.
“You’d be discriminated against,” my teacher had further clarified to me. “If they knew, they’d probably not give you an interview.”
They were saying this out of kindness and concern for me, but their words highlighted something ugly about the workforce that most people ignore.