Disability-at-work Guides for Parents
of Youngsters with Disabilities
A 1965 honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism, I'm one of the few individuals with a disability worldwide to earn the credentials of Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) by the International Association of Business Communicators, San Francisco, CA.
I developed an award-winning corporate communication function for Foremost Farms USA, Baraboo, WI, during my service of 29 years at the cooperative -- 10 of which were at the vice presidential level.
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. Writing about disability at work issues became part of my personal development plan, and I dreamed about establishing a service that involved tutoring for kids, job coaching and online training. That became a part of my career development plan, which eventually led to the Jim Hasse disability-at-work guides for parenting youngsters with disabilities.
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.
"Break Out" and my website helped me land a 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 the online content of eSight Careers Network. I wrote, assigned and edited more than 1,300 articles about disability employment issues.
In 2005, I became accredited as a Global Career Developmental Facilitator. I then worked with AMACOM, the publishing arm of the American Management Association in New York City to compile and edit “Perfectly Able: How to Attract and Hire Talented People with Disabilities,” a disability recruitment guidebook published in 2010 by the American Management Association for hiring managers that highlights disability’s competitive advantage in today’s job market.
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