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How 'Forced Disclosure' Harms Disabled People

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Disclosing disability status is a personal decision and process that should be honored in any context. Specifically, disability disclosure is “a complex and ongoing process requiring decisions about who should know, why they should know, how to inform, what to disclose, and when to inform.” Disclosure encompasses significant implications when considering ableism/stigma, autonomy and consent, and confidentiality.

Disability justice activist Mia Mingus coined the term “forced disclosure,” which refers to the way disabled people are often “forced” to disclose personal details of their lives to obtain access and meet their needs “in an ableist world.” She describes: This model as it relates to disability disclosure analyzes it through a lens of

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