Example of how to disclose a disability in a cover letter

Author
Susanne Christian, Careers adviser
Posted
April, 2021

You aren't legally required to disclose a disability but if you feel comfortable doing so our example shows you how to do this in your cover letter

Employers are not allowed to discriminate against candidates with disabilities so you'll have just as much of a chance as anyone else of securing the position.

If you do decide to talk about your disability you should explain how it affects you, outlining what you can do in relation to the job and the activities/responsibilities where you would require some modification or assistance. Make sure you're positive and talk about how you've overcome any hurdles. Then explain any adjustments you would need the company to make and end by saying you're available to discuss if they have any questions.

This won't be the last chance you can disclose. If you choose not to in your cover letter you can do so at a later stage, for example during an interview but remember, if it doesn't affect your ability to do the job you don't need to disclose if you don't want to.

Please be aware that this is an example. Use this cover letter template to help generate ideas and structure your own document but avoid copying and pasting. Your cover letter needs to be original and tailored to the job you're applying for.

John Millsom 115 Place Street Hightown Lowshire PT19 4RS jmillsom99@gmail.com 07654321321

Joy Rainer Head of services Project for Children Clipper House The Park Ruralshire JQ10 7TU

15th April 2021

Dear Ms Rainer

Re: Social worker - Children and Young People's Services

I am writing to apply for the social worker post advertised on Project for Children's website. As requested, I am enclosing my CV.

I recently completed an MA in Social Work where I undertook placements with a:

  • Local authority child protection team where I co-worked a caseload, under the direction of a social worker.
  • Youth Offending Team (YOT) where I assisted a YOT worker in managing cases.

I also have experience of residential work with adults and young people with learning disabilities.

I am particularly interested in the work you do on mental health issues and self-harm in teenagers. My MA dissertation was on self-harm in adolescence resulting from early childhood issues. I would welcome an opportunity to work with this client group at Project for Children.

As well as my theoretical knowledge and practical experience I can bring skills such as:

  • Organisation from combining my part-time MA with paid work.
  • Report writing that was judged consistently excellent by placement supervisors.
  • Empathy and establishing rapport. Young people have commented 'thanks for helping me feel whole again' and 'I felt you understood where I'm coming from'.
  • Multi-agency teamwork, both in the YOT and arranging partnership events for residential clients.

Four years ago I had a serious accident which took almost one year of recovery. The damage to my pelvis and lower back has slightly impaired my mobility. I can walk short distances (around an office, for example) but have difficulty with stairs. With the correct adaptations (chair, desk, etc), I can work full time without difficulty and can travel as needed for the job.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to discuss any aspect of my application prior to an interview.

Yours sincerely

(Sign your name here)

John Millsom

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