I'm a writer, editor, marketer and publisher who is the author of 14 books about disability awareness and disability employment.
I'm the founder of cerebral-palsy-career-builders.com, the comprehensive career coaching guide for parents of youngsters with cerebral palsy who are 7 to 27 years old.
I own Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, which helps champions of disability employment boost engagement with prospective customers through exclusive Facebook Instant Articles which highlight my personal experience as an individual with a disability. See linkedin.com/in/jimhasse/en
I've been an accredited Global Career Developmental Facilitator since 2005.
My central premise as a career development facilitator is this: Disability, when framed with insight, can be a competitive advantage in today's job market for job seekers with special needs.
A 1965 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism, I am one of the few individuals with a disability (cerebral palsy) worldwide to earn the credentials of Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) by the International Association of Business Communicators, San Francisco, Calif.
I developed an award-winning corporate communication function for Foremost Farms USA, Baraboo, Wisconsin, during my service of 29 years at the cooperative -- 10 of which were at the vice presidential level for the Fortune 500 company.
I decided to retire from Foremost Farms USA in 1994 and start my own business for helping college students with disabilities prepare for the mainstream job market.
Between 1997 and 2001 (before blogging became commonplace), I wrote "Break Out: Finding Freedom When You Don't Quite Fit The Mold," a paperback memoir of 51 short stories about disability awareness, and used that material to develop tell-us-your-story.com, a now discontinued website where people with disabilities shared their personal-experience stories.
That first book and website helped me land a full-time telecommuting job with The Associated Blind, Inc., New York City, as senior content developer for eSight Careers Network.
Between 1999 and 2009, I was responsible for all the online content of eSight Careers Network. I wrote, assigned and edited more than 1,300 articles about disability employment issues.
That helped me get the attention of AMACOM, the publishing arm of the American Management Association in New York City. I compiled and edited "Perfectly Able: How to Attract and Hire Talented People with Disabilities," a disability recruitment guidebook published in 2011 by the American Management Association for hiring managers that highlights disability's competitive advantage in today's job market.
Today, my mission is to show parents how to cultivate self-esteem within their son or daughter with special needs so that individual can confidently say, "My life matters."
Only then will that young person with a disability be able to reach out and start living a life Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned when he said this:
"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity."