I'm owner of Hasse Communication Counseling, LLC, which specializes in developing, marketing, and facilitating online communities that focus on disability employment issues.
For 10 years, I served as senior content developer for eSight Career Network, where I worked with Nan Hawthorne and Liz Seger to write and edit more than a thousand articles about career management from a disability perspective.
Before that, I was head of corporate communications for Foremost Farms USA for nearly 29 years (10 of them at the vice presidential level).
I'm an Accredited Business Communicator and Global Career Development Facilitator and the author of Break Out: Finding Freedom When You Don't Quite Fit the Mold, a modern memoir of 51 short stories about disability awareness for hiring managers and career counselors as well as job seekers and employees with disabilities who are building diverse workplaces.
I’m available for writing exclusive blog entries or articles about disability employment issues from an employer, career coach or parenting point of view.
My recent writings include:
Monster.com - "Recruiting Top Talent: Look for Emotional Intelligence about Disability"
GettingHired.com - “How Mentors Helped Me Swim in the Mainstream Job Market”
Monster.com - “Conducting an Interview: Look for Emotional Intelligence”
ThinkBeyondtheLabel.com - “12 Leadership Tips from a Disability Perspective”
AMACOM Books Blog - “Four Misconceptions about Job Applicants With Disabilities”
Corp! Magazine - “Today’s Disability-friendly Companies Will Keep Tomorrow’s Top Talent”
Order Perfectly Able: How to Attract and Hire Talented People with Disabilities now.
12 People You Need to Meet
Looking at Perfectly Able’s plain-Jane cover jacket, you may think this book is just another dry business book. But, it’s not – at least that’s what my wife, Pam, says, and she reads one fiction book a week.
And, of course, I believe her. After all, she read Perfectly Able out loud during its final proofing. Pam says it’s a “good read” – not what you hear very often about a business book.
This book may be a good “out loud” read because it’s packed with more than 100 personal-experience anecdotes from 70 individuals with a disability that I’ve collected through online forums since 1997.
I’d like share with you the personal profiles of 12 of those 70 contributors because they give you an idea of what kind of individuals worked together online for up to 10 years to develop Perfectly Able.
They did so, by the way, without meeting one another in person.
I have succeeded in three different careers.
First, I discovered a facility for managing volunteer resources while working in the non-profit sector and went on from being a highly effective practitioner to training and writing on the topic, specializing in recruitment of volunteers and working with volunteers with disabilities.
I’m the founder of International Volunteer Manager Appreciation Day, held every November 1 and have written more than 150 articles about volunteer management.
I’m the author of three training kits, "Recognizing Volunteers Right from the Start," "Building Better Relationships with Volunteers," and "Managing Volunteers in Record Time."
Having written my first short story at seven, I turned my love for writing into a second career through eSight Careers Network, a web site community devoted to employment issues for people with disabilities. Sight impaired myself, I wrote more than 600 articles for the site which have assisted both job hunters and employers to come together for mutual benefit.
My third career involved another lifelong dream: to write historical fiction.
My love for writing historical fiction began as a young teen, when at summer camp in Southeast Alaska, I and a friend created a cast of imaginary characters. These play-acting games led me into a lifelong interest in Anglo Saxon England.
Over the next 35 years, I continued to write stories about the characters my friend and I had lovingly created. The stories first came into print on my blog and culminated in my first novel, An Involuntary King, set in the imaginary kingdom of Críslicland, is the tale of a young man's struggle to be worthy of the crown forced upon him. It was released by BookSurge Publishing in September 2008 and is available for print-impaired enthusiasts through Bookshare.org.
I have also written Loving the Goddess Within: Sex Magic for Women (Delphi Press, 1991), a sensitive and poetic call for the strengthening of women’s self esteem using body positive images and ideas drawn from Goddess traditions.
My current writing project is a series of paranormal mysteries set in 10th Century Wessex.
I have also pursued my love of Anglo-Saxon England in my blog, The Blue Lady Tavern, a first-person commentary on life in Anglo-Saxon England by Leofwen Taverner, a woman who runs an alehouse. My current blog is called Booking the Middle-Ages and is all about writing and reading historical fiction.
I’m also the founder of a creative writing group online, Ghostletters and share my love of reading historical fiction with a monthly online book club.
I have also launched the Independent Writers’ Guild, which represents self-published and independently published writers and medieval-novels.com, an online bookstore specializing in novels set between 500 and 1600 AD.
I attended elementary and high school in Port Colborne, Ontario.
A graduate of Brock University with a B.A. in psychology and sociology and a graduate of Elborne College Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, I worked as a sub teacher for the local boards of education in Niagara as well as a freelance journalist for the Welland Tribune, where I’m currently on the community editorial board.
I also worked in museum education as a peer/transportation coordinator for a non-profit agency and, at one time, was a constituency assistant for a member of the Canadian Parliament.
I’ve been active within the eSight community since 2001 as a writer and discussion facilitator.
I have always been an advocate for persons with disabilities. I designed and wrote a curriculum for disabled persons in South Africa, which was nominated for the President's and Premier's Award in Special Education.
I want to continue in journalism, writing about on pertinent issues of the day: poverty, social justice issues, disabilities, women issues, children issues, senior issues, community development, philosophical ideas, spiritual ideas -- things that make you think about your world and your life.
I also hope to publish a book of my poetry as well as compilation of my many columns in local newspapers the past 26 years. Maybe one day I’ll publish my family's recipes in a book -- and even my memoirs.
See Web sites www.eSight.org, www.wellandtribune.ca and
www.facebook.com for more information about me.
Career Goal: My MBA concentration is in HR, and my dream career is in training and development.
Work experience: I worked more than 10 years in retail management, three years in banking, and, most recently, the past three years in office management/administration.
Career Goal: My ultimate goal is to start my computer consulting business and proving that being disabled does not have to mean being “unabled.”
Work Experience: I worked at Gateway for almost five years. My career at Gateway ranges from quality control technician, product test technician, and computer technician. I worked at Siemens VDO for about 2.5 years, where I inspected fuel injectors prior to shipping. I also worked for TechUSA Temp Service for almost three months, where I traveled to different car dealerships throughout the Hampton Roads Metro Area and upgraded ADP-approved computers.
I graduated from ECPI College of Technology with an AAS Degree in computer engineering technology with high honors.
I'm currently working to obtain my Bachelor's degree in computer/electrical engineering. My goal this time is to graduate with highest honors.
Career Goal: IT Director/CIO
Work Experience: 13 Years as IT manager or director
Darcey Anne Farrow
Career Goal: I am currently a tutor for French, Italian and Spanish, but I would someday like to teach these languages.
Work Experience: I have been tutoring as a one-on-one tutor for the past 10 years.
C. Fred Stout
I’m 75, one of five children from one of Tennessee's oldest families remotely situated in the Appalachian Range prior to rural electricity and telephone service.
I bucked the snow and other elements walking three miles to elementary school, missing 13 days due to Measles. I was so near sighted that I could only read the black board at about four feet.
I began High School in 1949, and we had free, brand-new school bus service. I was very active, rather popular and participated in many clubs and organizations, especially Boy Scouts. I was virtually blind in my senior year. I nevertheless, graduated near top of my Class.
I began college but had to drop out, and then one of the most renowned eye surgeons brought my vision to a wonderful level. I even was able to join the U. S. Air Force. However, after some time, a doctor determined that I had a condition which the Air Force, at the time, would not allow. I am a veteran with an honorable discharge.
After several eye surgeries, I ended totally blind. I returned to East Tennessee State University as a physical and psychological mess. I had no blindness training and no preparation.
I learned braille. However, I could never use it effectively. This was before electronic speech and even tape recorders. With the enormous assistance of my family and a few truly dedicated friends, I graduated with almost 3-point grade average.
I eventually did receive very good blindness training at the now-famous "World Blind Center," Little Rock, AK.
I passed my first Academic Intention of Law and accepted a federal grant for a two-year M.S. Degree Program at VirginiaCommonwealth University in vocational rehabilitation counseling, where I graduated with all ‘A’s – again with only paid readers.
My first counselor position was with the Office for the Blind, Harrisburg, PA. Virtually over night, I learned to use Perkins braille machine.
In 1968, my wife, who had been my primary reader, and I went to San Jose, CA, where I took another counselor position.
Over a span of a few years, we worked in California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., while starting a family.
I took an opportunity to become the first known blind person to have worked in a major male correctional institution. I became a public offender specialist, which had been my interest in grad school.
In a national Department of Education contest, I won a three-year fellowship, and chose the University of Tennessee, where I was accepted in its Doctor of Education Program. The major (vocational research and administration) was mandated. I chosen a co-lateral of educational psychology.
I completed four solid years with an almost four-point grade average, but I left Tennessee for Texas, where circumstances just never allowed me to go back for formal graduation.
Again I was a counselor for the blind in Texas and ultimately developed a private rehab service, which became a proprietary school and a temporary employment service.
After 13 years and after heart by-pass surgery and many complications, I retired, but I remain up and about.
Career Goal: I wish to work in a field which affords me the opportunity to work directly in the field of sensitivity awareness training.
Work Experience: I am currently employed as a Research Project Officer. I'm an online tutor for our local University as an IT Trainer in Barbados, where I’ve been elected to the Senate.
Helen Jo Taliaferro
Career Goal: Highly-motivated teacher of diverse assistive technologies for people of all ages who are blind and/or visually impaired.
Work Experience: Associate Pastor positions in three churches, staff chaplain positions in three hospital settings, computer technology specialist for Independent Living Center, braille transcriber and proofreader.
Article published in “The Braille Forum,” the national magazine of The American Council of the Blind (ACB) and subsequently in their pedestrian safety handbook.
See “Travels With Whitley” at http://www.acb.org/pedestrian/phd2a.html
I currently edit the quarterly newsletter for ACB’s Minnesota state affiliate.
The Woolford Group LLC
Career Goal: My career goal is to truly find my niche and feel at peace with what I can offer this world, even though I have a visual impairment.
Work Experience: My work experience includes over 20 years in several corporate environments. I spent approximately 10 years in information systems (programming and systems analysis). I then earned a Masters in Educational Psychology and spent 10 years in Organizational and Human Resource Development.
When my vision changed, I started two businesses. The first is in marketing communications. I chose this path because of my creative writing skills and my background in corporate affairs.
The second is yoga and meditation instruction. This has been a godsend. Yoga and meditation have supported my ability to feel whole, even though my vision is not. I also sing with a yoga music group, Samadhi Jaya! I can close and relax my eyes while creating meditative music for students.
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Lighthouse International, founded in 1905, is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting visual impairment through prevention, treatment, and empowerment. The organization’s headquarters is in New York City. "Lighthouse International" is now "Lighthouse Guild."