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Karen Lauffer is the Autism and VI Specialist for McDowell County Schools. She
has worked in education since 1996. She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education
from Mars Hill University, Visually Impaired Certification from the  North Carolina Department
of Public Instruction and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Appalachian
State University. She has extensive experience in working with visually impaired
students, as well as, students across the spectrum of Autism from having taught a
self-contained classroom for students with severe Autism to working with 
high-functioning students in a resource setting.
Currently, her role is to support students with Autism by working with special
education teachers, regular education teachers, and parents to implement
customized strategies to help students be more successful in school. In addition,
she directly serves students who are visually impaired. She finds that
collaborating with fellow educators and parents to find ways to support our
students with special needs is both exhilarating and rewarding.
It is her goal to always remember that each child that she works with is an
individual with unique needs, desires, and talents. It is her hope that she can have
a positive effect on the lives of the parents, teachers and students of McDowell
County Schools as they navigate the world of special education together.