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Step 3. Decide What You Do And Do Not Want To Tell Your Employer

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Resist the urge to "spill your guts" to your employer. If it's not necessary, don't get into too much detail about your health condition. 

Consider whether to attempt to request an accommodation without disclosing your specific health condition, indicating only that you are a person with a disability. If your employer wants more information, he or she will ask.

While you can start by telling as little as you want, keep in mind that the employer has a right to request additional information and proof of your disability. This is not necessarily the same as being entitled to a copy of your medical record or even all the details about the extent of your condition.

Also keep in mind that if your employer knows the nature of the disability, it may be easier for both of you to determine an appropriate accommodation.

Whether or not you choose to disclose your diagnosis to your employer, don't expect your employer to know what you need and why you need it.  In fact, don't assume your employer knows anything about your situation, or anything about your condition. Think about the best way to describe your situation and why you need an accommodation in terms your employer will understand. 

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