Any mild/moderate asthmatics declared their asthma when applying for a job? I'm applying for a teaching assistant position alongside a PhD, for next year.
With non-severe/moderate asthma (for this purpose I am going to stick with saying asthma because I don't want to confuse the issue with getting into the other stuff), I certainly don't consider that I have a disability or that in general I would need any variety of special provision or be any different from someone with no problems.
However (and this wouldn't have occurred to me before), after needing to take a week off to vegetate at home because of asthma/breathing (ie not an infection) and having to be careful about going out in the cold, and finding symptoms were cropping up when I was running an experiment last week (coincidence probably but they were there): I'm aware that it's possible my breathing could in some minor ways be an issue if I get the job and PhD (they go together, can't have one without the other). Though I'm really hoping that by September I'll have things sorted one way or the other; however I can't count on this and I know winter is always worse for me.
As far as I know, if I do get it the procedure is that I'd fill out a medical questionnaire and occupational health would get in touch if they have any concerns.
I don't really anticipate many problems; it is a science PhD and I would be in a lab sometimes but not working with formalin or other chemicals or anything like that.
I guess I'm just wondering: if I don't have massive attacks or end up in hospital with triggers, do I need to say anything about it now or would I just wait to see if I get the job? I'd much rather NOT bring it up now unless I have to and was thinking this part of the form is probably for people who are in a wheelchair or something or anticipated any major problems (such as actual severe asthma such as some on here have) and hence not for my sort of thing, but if I do get the job and have any problems (even if just having to take time off at any point), I don't want to have them say 'oh you should have told us when you applied'.
I'm not trying to be a hypochondriac and claim that it causes me massive problems or anything because mostly it doesn't; just aware that sometimes bureaucracy can bite when you least expect it!