Students with disabilities
At Aston University, we foster an inclusive ethos and we offer advice and support for students with disabilities. Our view is that having a disability shouldn’t make any difference whatsoever to your opportunities for jobs, placements and internships.
If you have a disability, you can be confident that there is a lot of support for you, both here at the university and out in the working world.
You can make an appointment with us to chat about any concerns you may have, safe in the knowledge that it will be confidential. The Aston University Enabling Team are also here to help with any aspect of university life.
The graduate careers website, Targetjobs, also has a useful page called Disability and mental health: diversity matters. This has advice on finding disability-positive employers, disclosing your disability and your rights around disability.
You are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 which states that it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against you if have a physical or mental condition which has ongoing and substantial effect on your day to day life. The Act means that you should be assessed in exactly the same way as every other candidate, based on competencies for the job you are applying for.
Disclosing your disability to employers
You may be wondering whether and when to disclose to a potential employer that you have a disability. You are under no obligation to disclose and it is a personal decision. There may be many factors that come into it for you. One key factor is whether you need any adjustments, either at application stage or during your day to day work.
Under the Equality Act, your employer is obliged to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to your working environment to ensure that you can do your job to the best of your ability. One of the reasons for disclosing your disability is that it allows your employer to plan for your employment and put into place these reasonable adjustments.
MyPlus Students' Club
A great resource for useful advice as well as encouragement and inspiration is MyPlus Students’ Club, which was set up specifically to support people with a disability or long-term health condition to achieve the career that they want. Take a look at the range of free eBooks they offer.