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Kirk D. Behnke

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Senior Director of Professional Learning

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As Senior Director for Professional Learning at CAST, Kirk leads a team of UDL implementation specialists, professional development and operations personnel to deliver high quality professional learning and technical assistance to national and international customers.

Previously he held the title of Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad.

Prior to joining CAST, Kirk has held the Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) in addition to acting as a Senior Education Specialist for the Special Education Department at Region 4, Education Service Center in Houston, TX. He co-led state education committees to support the development of accessible educational materials acquisition and delivery for students in Texas.

He also helped to implement Universal Design for Learning through various state leadership network functions to support the use of assistive technology, accessible technology, and accessible instructional materials.

He designed, managed and implemented the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). 

He has worked in countries aboard in the areas of assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning and Accessible Instructional Materials in Ireland, Oman and Qatar.

Inspiration

I love this quote by Albert Einstein, one of the world’s most highly regarded inventors, who also—by the way—had a learning disability. I believe that we, as educators, need to acknowledge and celebrate learner variability to facilitate success.

Projects

CAST Professional Learning
Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology Implementation, New Hampshire

Education

MEd, Special Education & Educational Technology, Temple University
BS, The College of New Jersey
Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications, University College of Dublin, Ireland
Assistive Technology Professional, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

Selected Publications

Behnke, K, & Bowser, G. (2010). Supporting transitions of assistive technology users. Journal of Special Education Technology, 25(1).

Assistive Technology and Environmental Interventions: Interventions in Context: An Integrated Approach. (est 2016).