We believe that you should be able to live the life you want to live, including your choice of career.
When you apply for a job there are a few things to consider, including:
- Is the working environment suitable for you and your symptoms? Is there a canteen, rest-room or first aid room?
- Are there flexible working arrangements that might make it easier to attend CF clinic appointments, etc?
- Do they have a Permanent Health Insurance plan?
As far as possible, CF should not be allowed to limit your choices; focus on what you can do, not what you can't.
When should you tell an employer you have cystic fibrosis?
This is a very personal choice. If you are asked you should answer in a straightforward way, and make the distinction between a health issue and a disability.
If necessary, explain how cystic fibrosis would affect you in a work setting (PDF 105KB), and emphasise your abilities and why you are the right person for the job.
If you don't mention that you have cystic fibrosis when appointed, you may lose some legal rights relating to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and unfair dismissal.
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