- What are the duties of a disability support worker?
- What to say when someone tells you they are disabled?
- What should you not say to a disabled person?
- Can you ask someone if they have a disability?
- Can my employer ask what my disability is?
- Is it rude to ask someone about their disability?
- Can you legally ask someone if they have a medical condition?
- Do I have to tell my employer what medications I take?
- Can I refuse employer access to medical records?
- Can your employer see your prescriptions?
What are the duties of a disability support worker?
Disability support workers provide care, supervision and support for people with disabilities in the home, residential establishments, clinics and hospitals. They also work with other health professionals to maximise the individual’s physical and mental wellbeing.
What to say when someone tells you they are disabled?
Try saying something like:
- “I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that with me.”
- “That’s not easy. Let me know if I can do anything to help.”
- “I know this isn’t the same, but I also suffer from…”
- “How are you holding up these days?”
What should you not say to a disabled person?
Don’t Say These Things to a Disabled Person
- You are really an inspiration!
- It feels so good to see you happy and living a normal life.
- I never see you as a disabled, I see you as a person.
- A bad attitude is the only disability.
- Don’t make your disability an excuse.
- You are reaping your past life deeds.
Can you ask someone if they have a disability?
You could ask the person if they need assistance due to them standing in the handicap line, because it is not illegal to ask them if they need special assistance.
Can my employer ask what my disability is?
If you are applying for a job, an employer cannot ask you if you are disabled or ask about the nature or severity of your disability. An employer can also ask you to describe or to demonstrate how, with or without reasonable accommodation, you will perform the duties of the job.
Is it rude to ask someone about their disability?
But in any conversation, asking anything overly personal is not ok, especially if it’s the first time you’ve met. Immediately asking someone about their disability (“were you born that way?” for example) says to the person that the first thing you noticed about them was their disability.
Can you legally ask someone if they have a medical condition?
It is legal to ask why a person is not wearing a mask, including asking about a medical condition that prevents it. There are no legal prohibitions on what people can say to one another about their health.
Do I have to tell my employer what medications I take?
Q: Can we require employees to report any medications they are taking? A: Generally, no. Asking employees about prescription medications constitutes a medical inquiry under the ADA, in part because it may reveal information about an employee’s disability.
Can I refuse employer access to medical records?
An employer cannot ask a medical professional for an employee’s medical records, or information about an employee’s health, without permission from the employee. Employers cannot request that an employee discloses information about any health conditions that arise during employment.
Can your employer see your prescriptions?
Does my employer have access to my medical records or insurance claims? HIPAA prohibits employers from accessing patient records or insurance claims because it could result in discrimination. If an employer wants to see any of your medical information, the employer would need to receive your written permission.