Professionals and students I work with may ask, "Do I have a disability?" or state, "I didn't know that <condition> was a disability?" If you understand how your disability affects your job, it helps you succeed in your career.
A disability is a condition that impacts one or more major areas in life. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) describes "a mental or physical impairment that impacts one or more major life activities".
A mental or physical impairment...
- Developmental (like cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit, and learning disorders)
- Health (like cancer, diabetes, migraines, and fibromyalgia)
- Hearing impairments
- Intellectual (traumatic brain injury)
- Low vision or blindness
- Psychological (like depression or anxiety)
that impacts one or more major life activities...
- Work and career
- Personal care
- Getting around
Some past conditions do not affect you today. But your disability may affect you in the future.
You may handle your AD/HD just fine after you graduate high school or college. However, you may still struggle while working. Often you will need to get a current picture of how your disability impacts your work. After you understand that, you can create a plan to balance work and life.
Perhaps, reading the list, you discovered you have more than one condition. Or you may suspect you have a disability but have not yet been diagnosed.
Because you have one (or more) of these conditions, it hard to move ahead. Even if you can maintain your career, you may struggle to take care of yourself. We can team up to develop a plan for you to meet your career goals. You can run your career at a pace that you can sustain.
If you would like to explore more how your disability impacts your workplace and career, schedule a session.