Kirsten Behling is the Director of the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Suffolk University. Kirsten came to Suffolk in 2008 to help establish the Office of Disability Services. Currently ODS serves over 400 undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, providing academic and residential accommodations to students with a wide range of disabilities. The Office of Disability Services oversees access to all university sponsored events, including commencement and convocation. Kirsten frequently provides direct service to faculty on the topics of differentiated instruction, Universal Course Design and working with students with sensory disabilities through individual consultations or workshops sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Excellence.

Prior to joining Suffolk, Kirsten work for the University Centers of Excellence on Disability at both the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of New Hampshire. At both institutions Kirsten wrote and directed projects funded by the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education on inclusive practices for students with disabilities in postsecondary education. A larger part of her work includes faculty development around universal design and differentiated instruction in the classroom.

Kirsten’s interests include promoting self-advocacy for students with disabilities, developing best practices for teaching students with sensory disabilities, expediting the alternative text format process and identifying professional development opportunities for professionals in disability services roles.

In addition to Kirsten’s role at Suffolk, she serves at the president of the New England Association of Higher Education and Disability Services (AHEAD).