Cerebral Palsy Career Builders Blog

You can build the foundation for a happy, independent life that your youngster with unexpected challenges can enjoy.

To do so, you need three resources: a basic understanding of career management, the lessons I’ve learned through my experiences and what other parents recommend.

That’s what you’ll discover on the Cerebral Palsy Career Builders Blog.

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Career Outlook Information: CP Career Builder for Middle School

Here’s a bit of career outlook information for your middle school youngster with cerebral palsy: STEM careers are hot.

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Career Choice Information: CP Career Builder for Elementary Students

A healthy career focus, based on reliable career choice information, can mean your elementary student will be ahead of the game when it's time to find a job.

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Goal Setting for Adults: Your Job Seeker's CP Career Builder

Looking for work does not have to consume the life of your jobseeking son or daughter. Gaining a work-life balance is knowing about goal setting for adults.

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Legitimate Work from Home: CP Career Builder for College Students

Separate legitimate work from home opportunities from false promises. That’s how you can help your college student with CP learn before hitting the job market.

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Discrimination Definition: CP Career Builder for High School

Deciding on a useful discrimination definition can help your high school student with cerebral palsy anticipate barriers that may arise in the job market.

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Problem Solving Tools: CP Career Builder for Middle School Students

Here are some problem solving tools your middle school student with CP will need to diffuse three misconceptions he/she will likely face as a future job seeker.

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Problem Solving Skills: Cerebral Palsy Career Builder for High School Students

High school is the right time for your youngster to look at the current needs of the job market and to plan how he or she can personally turn those unmet needs, particularly the gap between need and availability of problem solving skills, into opportunities as an eventual job seeker.

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Career Outlook Information: Cerebral Palsy Career Builder for Middle School

Here’s a bit of career outlook information you can pass along to the middle school youngster with cerebral palsy (CP) you are mentoring as a career-coaching parent: STEM careers are hot right now. But, I need to add a caveat.

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This is Creative Commons content.  You can freely and legally use, share and repurpose it for non-commercial purposes only, provided you attach this sentence and the following attribution to it (including the two links):

Originally written and illustrated by Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, who, as a person with cerebral palsy, served for 10 years as a vice president in a Fortune 500 company during his 29-year career in corporate communication. He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and author of 14 Amazon books about disability awareness and disability employment issues.

Break Out: Finding Freedom When You Don’t Quite Fit the Mold” is a modern memoir of Jim Hasse’s 51 personal-experience stories as a person with a disability about what it means to be “too different” in a society with a penchant for conformity and tribalism.

Break Out was first published in 1996, but Jim's collection of 51 true stories are even more relevant today (in the light of our current political and cultural climate) than it was back then.

Take a look at this section of his 1996 Preface to the book:

"In a divided world and country, extremist views, quick answers and homogenized insights often get the press coverage and broadcast time. 'Maybe' and 'I don't know yet" take too much time and are too tentative. They garner little credibility in much of the media.

"Yet, on a personal level, most of us live with a larger reality. A part of our journey through life is settling for temporary "maybe" answers about who we are and who we can become. That's especially true when we need to face fundamental questions about how we can deal effectively with false assumptions about ourselves (and the presumptions others may form about us) because we don't quite fit accepted norms." 

Only two copies of this paperback are available on Amazon. Or, pick up your FREE copy (one of 192 remaining copies from the first printing) at Disability Pride Madison on July 27.

Jim writes:

“I now look at Break Out  as a treasure-trove for those who specialize in narrative therapy within the disability community.

"After 20 years of publishing Break Out, I have revisited each of these stories and published a series of eBooks that include the original stories but add my after-thoughts about what each episode really meant in my struggle with vulnerability.

"For those of us with disabilities, this  new series of 'updates' provides examples  of how to shape our life stories for greater well-being."