The Inner Personal Edge: Tools
for School-to-work Success

By Jim Hasse, ABC, GCDF, Disability Employment Expert

Let’s tap the inner personal edge within young people who face unexpected challenges to successfully make the transition from school to work.

And, let’s not wait until it’s too late. The elementary and middle-school grade levels are not too early to start learning about how disability, when framed with insight from an employer vantage point, can become a competitive edge in the world of work.

Join me as a parent, provider, trainer or sponsor to show our youth the opportunities they have for putting disability to work as a competitive advantage in integrated employment settings.

Edge of fall tree leaf, illustrating the theme, "Tap the Inner Personal Edge."

For parents


Use my Cerebral Palsy Career Builders Blog to enhance your employment guidance for parents with youngsters who have a disability at no cost, with no work, with no hassle.

Simply copy this URL: Then, paste it into your website’s employment or resource page and format it as you wish.

That will also give you fresh content to highlight on your Facebook page every day.  Just copy and paste the current day's entry into your Facebook page.

As a result, the parents you serve will be in a better position to help their youngsters:

  • Become career ready during their school years.
  • Make a successful transition from school to work.
  • Develop a meaningful vocation.
  • Build independent lives.

And, they'll also receive my advance heads-up notices on my blog each week about free offerings and discounts on all of my books and information products.


“My parents didn’t allow me to use my differences as an excuse for not pursuing an independent life.”

So says professional speaker Richard James Luby, who was born in 1983 with cerebral palsy (CP).

That’s precisely I believe why your special needs parenting group needs to hear Rich in person. As a professional speaker and founder of TALK the WALK, LLC., he uses comedic improv to deliver impactful lessons through real-world life experiences. Talk The Walk, LLC, is an action-based disability and inclusion training service.

For providers


Place a link to a one-page directory to all of my career-readiness content in your site's resource directory.

Copy and paste this address:

Suggested title for the above link: Disability-at-work Parenting Guides for Career Development.


Latch onto the opportunity to describe your service offerings to the disability community as well as potential sponsors and funders by appearing on Richard James Luby's Talk the Walk TV show

Talk The Walk, LLC, is an action-based disability and inclusion training service that empowers people to use everyday interaction as an opportunity to attain goals.

For trainers


Here are two potential podcast guests who can speak about a variety of career-readiness topics for niche audiences within the disability community. 

Richard James Luby, owner of Talk The Walk, LLC.

See Richard's One Sheets for parents, teachers, students and providers.

Jessica Kleist, MS. Ed., LPC-IT, Professional Counselor in Training and owner of Abilities First Counseling & Empowerment Services, LLC.

See Jessica's One Sheet for Reaching Work-ready Milestones for High School Students with a Disability.


If you're a special needs trainer who makes in-person or webinar presentations, I can offer you a limited number of free career-readiness eBooks or audiobooks as bonuses to attach to information products you are selling or as incentives to participants for taking some other action (such as completing a survey).

See my Little Book 2 offer, as an example.

Or, you can build your prospect list during webinars or in-person training sessions by holding a drawing for one my paperback books or audiobooks. Just collect calling cards from members of your audience who wish to participate in the drawing and share the resulting e-mail list with me.

The winner of each drawing gets an e-mail address from me for accessing a one-of-a-kind, complimentary code for the paperback or audiobook you offer.

See my Career Book 3 audiobook offer as an example.

For sponsors


Become the sole sponsor of

Reach an audience consisting of
moms with a college degree who are working outside of home, 25 to 40 years old, who recognize the importance of career development in their youngsters with unexpected challenges who have at least an average IQ.

These moms are active on Facebook and Twitter. Some have a blog about parenting a special needs child. They recognize the power of storytelling as a learning tool that can be helpful in parenting. They are book readers and participate in book clubs (in-person and online).

With the right supports (emotionally, psychologically and intellectually), their youngsters have a stab at integrated employment. They recognize useful materials designed to help them be more effective parents are not always free, and they are willing to pay for them.

They value lessons from personal experiences of those who have transformed disability into a positive instead of negative aspect of their lives.

This sole site sponsorship includes an ad-free Hello Bar at the very top of each of the 140 pages of my site, Your customized Hello Bar can be linked to your website, blog, eStore or a review page of your product or service such as the one I developed with the marketers of AntzFree

For more details sole about site sponsorship, contact me, using the form below.


A more economical option is to share sponsorship of my website with four other organizations based on exclusivity by product/service category.

I'm limiting this option to five sponsors -- one for each of these five categories: assistive technology, clothing, exercise, navigation and learning.

That dilutes the effects of competitive clutter and makes your efforts more effective in building an audience within your niche market as a partner.

My exclusive-category site sponsorships entitle you to one icon/graphic/photo on the third right column on each of the 140 pages of my site, That graphic can be linked to your website, blog, eStore etc. or a review page of your product or service such as the one I developed with the marketers of AntzFree.

Note: The current icons in that space are place holders only to demonstrate site sponsorship possibilities. For more detail about exclusive-category site sponsorships, contact me, using the form below.

Contact Jim Hasse

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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.