Listen to Career Book 2: Tips for Middle School Students with Cerebral Palsy

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

Listen to Career Book 2. It's an audiobook which summarizes the track you can take as a parent in effectively coaching your middle school student who has cerebral palsy (CP). It's available as an eBook and as a paperback.

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Career Book 2: Confidence booster

Here's why you need to listen to Career Book 2. It shows how leveraging disability worked for me in the mainstream job market -- even though I walked and talked with difficulty due to CP. 

For me, this audiobook's 16 career-readiness strategies were confidence boosters because, together, they provided me with a quick career readiness assessment.

 In this audiobook, you get:

  • Expert advice
  • Potential pathways
  • Mainstream orientation

Now is the time to help your middle school student with special needs begin to think about how to tap disability's edge in tomorrow's job market.

The steps you take today will help your youngster gain insight for effectively managing his or her career as an adult. Why wait until it's too late?

Strategies for mentoring your middle school student

During the 1980s, I didn’t have an opportunity to tell my mom about what I had learned about developing a career as an individual with CP.

Here are Career Book 2's time-tested strategies which now, decades later, may help you coach your youngster as a career readiness middle school student.

Growing in Self-confidence

Strategy 1 - Learn What Success Means for Your Youngster
Strategy 2 - Use Free Assessment Tests for Guidance
Strategy 3 - Harness Humor for Putting Things in a New Light
Strategy 4 - Recognize the Power of Focused Practice
Strategy 5 - Understand the Importance of Work
Strategy 6 - Plan for a Future School-to-work Transition
Strategy 7 - Become Familiar with JAN and SOAR
Strategy 8 - Prepare for Tomorrow’s Telecommuting

Strategy 9 - Mentor Your Youngster

Discovering Disability’s Competitive Edge

Strategy 10 - Use Stories as a Showcasing Medium
Strategy 11 -
Keep Current with Crucial Technology
Strategy 12 - Make Exploring Careers a Fun Exercise
Strategy 13 - Learn How to Challenge False Assumptions
Strategy 14
- Plan for Overcoming STEM Obstacles
Strategy 15 - Follow New Guideposts for Career Development
Strategy 16
- Prepare for the Question Not Asked

Based on National Career Development Guideline

Each of these 16 strategies are based on the road map recommended by National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG) and my experience as a Global Career Development Facilitator and as a person with special needs and mainstream work experience.

Listen to Career Book 2.

Excerpt from strategy 4

The key to success, more often than not, is simply deliberate, focused practice – not luck or innate talent.

Geoff Colvin sums up the power of deliberate practice with a purpose in his book, "Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else." He writes:

"...The most important effect of practice in great performers is that it takes them beyond -- or, more precisely, around -- the limitations most of us think of as critical."

He pinpoints exactly why it makes good business sense to hire people with disabilities who have developed the motivation to work hard at precisely the things they need to improve so they can contribute to a company’s bottom line.

That’s a “selling point” your middle school youngster needs to keep in mind as he or she prepares to eventually enter the job market. In fact, now’s the time to help your youngster start keeping a diary of personal feelings generated by the need to practice due to a disability. Those personal-experience stories could eventually become very helpful as a job seeker ...

Written by Jim Hasse

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Jim Hasse, a Global Career Development Facilitator who has CP, summarizes the essential career development strategies to follow for career coaching your high school youngster with special needs.

In Career Book 2, he outlines eight strategies for helping your youngster grow in self-confidence and eight strategies for discovering disability’s competitive edge in tomorrow’s job market.

He has 29 years of corporate experience (10 of them as Vice President for Corporate Communication at Foremost Farms USA). He’s an Accredited Business Communicator, owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, and founder of He and his wife, Pam, live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Narrated by Chris Chappell

Photo of Chris Chappell, narrator

Chris Chappell, a C6-7 Quadriplegic, is a dedicated disability advocate.

From peer mentoring, career counseling, life-coaching and legislative crusading, Chris has been on the front lines of SCI (Spinal Cord Injury/Paralysis) advocacy for more than 15 years.

In addition to his corporate career as Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Graduate Relations Coordinator at Craig Hospital, Chris has a successful commercial Voiceover and Audiobook narration business (Dublot, LLC). Chris and his family reside in Littleton, Colorado.

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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.