TACE Resource Expert

Dr. Karen Wolffe, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Karen Wolffe manages a private practice as a career counselor and consultant in Austin, Texas. For ten years (until 2010), Dr. Wolffe worked with the American Foundation for the Blind as Director of Professional Development & CareerConnect®, providing guidance in employment, education, and literacy programs. Prior to establishing her own practice she was a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin. While teaching at UT, Dr. Wolffe also directed the Job Readiness Clinic, an applied learning lab for people with disabilities looking for work and university students studying to become rehabilitation counselors or special education teachers. From 1992 to 2002, Dr. Wolffe taught correspondence courses for the Hadley School for the Blind related to transition and employment issues and taught a distance education course for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Placement in the 21st Century for People with Visual Disabilities).

Dr. Wolffe earned her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina and both her M.Ed. (special education) and Ph.D. (rehabilitation counseling) at the University of Texas. She is the author of Career Counseling for People with Disabilities: A Practical Guide to Finding Employment and Navigating the Rapids of Life: The Transition Tote System, and editor of Skills for Success: A Career Education Handbook for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments. She co-authored Transition Issues for Students with Visual Disabilities, Focused on…Social Skills, and Teaching Social Skills to Students with Visual Impairments. She has published numerous chapters and articles in JVIB, RE:view, Insight, The Educator and other significant journals based on her work with blind and low vision individuals both in rehabilitation and education settings. In addition, she has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. Her research and writing interests include the importance of career education, social skills development, transition issues, employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and literacy in the workplace.