Now that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) monitors the percentage of employees with disabilities in federal contractor work forces, convincing employees to self-identify disabilities is becoming increasingly important.  The Office of Disability Employment Programs (ODEP) recently supported funding for a report titled, Do Ask, Do Tell – Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify, developed by Mary B. Young and Michelle Kan of The Conference Board.  Do Ask, Do Tell explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies for improving self-identification response rates.

Based on a survey of 98 employers and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, Do Ask, Do Tell explores how to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure.  Included in the report are a case study that showcases effective practices employers may be able to replicate and appendices that address effective practices for building a disability-inclusive workplace and a comparison of disability inclusion practices by company characteristic.

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