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Writing Letters of Recommendation

It is generally not considered standard practice to disclose a student’s disability in their letter of recommendation unless:

  • it is relevant to the position
  • work related adjustments are required to ensure equal opportunity in the selection process
  • the organization is supportive of equity practices

Disclosure of disability should not be the central issue of concern in the process of seeking employment. Some employers may reject a candidate. As with all steps in the job recruitment process, the emphasis in applying for employment should be on the skills and experiences of the applicant to meet the requirements of the position.

If you have further questions or concerns about writing a letter of recommendation for a student with a disability, please contact either the Career Development Center at 413-782-1217 or Student Disability Services at 413-782-1258.