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Education and life planning issues for students with Vision Impairment


Education and life planning issues for students with Vision Impairment

Day 1: Career Education Continuum - Planning for the Future
In this session, Dr. Wolffe presents a career education model that encompasses the life of an individual.
Day 2: Implementation of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) - How can it be accomplished?
In this session, Dr. Wolffe will introduce the nine content areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC): compensatory or access skills, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, independent living, social interaction, sensory efficiency, career education, recreation and leisure, and self-determination.

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Marginalisation query

The second enquiry I received recently concerned “marginalisation of students who are blind, at school both in primary (age 6-12) and high school (age 13-17).” A team of TVIs was “gathering…Continue

Started by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe Sep 10, 2013.

Coping with depression

I recently received an email from an Australian colleague asking me for suggestions of “research or programs regarding the mental health of BVI adolescents, especially those with deteriorating…Continue

Started by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe Sep 10, 2013.

Perspective-taking discussion

 I have recently received a request for any text or resources to help teachers in the following scenario: “A young totally blind boy frequently appears to be confused and mixed up when recognising…Continue

Started by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe May 23, 2013.

Australian Career Practitioner article 2 Replies

Dear Colleagues,If you receive this twice, I apologize - I tried to post this article earlier, but don't see it so I think I goofed! Some months ago my colleague at WBU/CNIB, Arie Opps, was contacted…Continue

Started by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe. Last reply by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe May 14, 2013.

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Comment by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe on January 7, 2014 at 3:20

Happy New Year!

I'm happy to alert you to a new offering on Project Aspiro - you can now go immediately to two new resource areas (by choosing "Resources" on the homepage): downloadable pages and printable pages. These give you quick access to all of the assessment tools, checklists, and tip sheets buried within the content sections. Please let me know what you think of them!

Comment by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe on May 22, 2013 at 6:12

There are three new webinars posted on the Project Aspiro website ( to explain to visitors how to get the most out of the site. Please visit and share with others - they are all posted on under "multimedia" and focus on three audiences: service providers, parents & family members, and job seekers. The link is:

Comment by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe on January 9, 2013 at 2:40

A quick reminder to everyone that the new website that I helped to develop last year for the World Blind Union & Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Project Aspiro, is now live and ready for viewing. Please visit it at and let me know what you think. Take care, Karen 

Comment by Karen Elizabeth Wolffe on January 4, 2013 at 1:48

Happy New Year!

I wanted to send a quick greeting and thank all of you who have participated in the training that I have facilitated in Australia over the years. I thoroughly enjoyed my most recent visits and hope to return in the not-too-distant-future – there’s still so much to see and do! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything that I can do to help you with your work in the meantime.   I wish you all the best in 2013.

Comment by Trudy Smith on December 12, 2012 at 13:46


Karen  has sent through 2 new documents for your attention.


ECC Composite


Skills- Brief Introduction

Comment by Errol Ingram on November 21, 2012 at 9:00

Hi Karen

Really enjoyed the workshop last week at RIDBC Sydney particularly the morning to lunch session on the second day when you outlined your thoughts on ECC.  It was so refreshing to hear (for the first time in my experience) a thoughtful critique of ECC as an educational framework.  For so long ECC has been a something of a 'sacred cow'.   From my reading, the literature has continued to dig the same hole deeper by focussing on the lack of time and resources available to implement the nine areas of ECC with the somewhat predictable conclusion that what is needed is more professional development in ECC by educators.  As I said, it was refreshing to hear a considered and long overdue critique of ECC with the aim of delivering a more effective framework for developing disability specific skills with students who are blind or visually impaired.  Cheers  Errol

Comment by Simone Newton on December 8, 2011 at 22:37

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much for all the information on social skills that you have shared on this site. It has been so useful, and my blind and low vision students will benefit greatly from your knowledge that you have passed on to me. I can't wait for you to visit Australia so I can hear you speak personally.

Thanks heaps

Simone Newton






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