Desiree Klemm-Kafel, JD

Assistant Director, Disability Resources

Desiree Klemm-Kafel

Desiree joined Disability Resources in November 2021. In her role as Assistant Director, Desiree evaluates and assists in determinations of disability accommodation eligibility, works with students on access barriers, and supports faculty in the facilitation of access accommodations. She will also work with faculty and campus partners on accessible course and campus design to provide more inclusive experiences for disabled students.

Desiree began her career in disability resources at Gulf Coast State College’s Student Accessibility Resources (2015 – 2017). She continued on this path with Student Accessibility Services at North Carolina Central University (2017 – 2018), before accepting the role of Assistant Director with the Disability Resource Office at North Carolina State University (2018 – 2021). Desiree has presented at the 2020 ENABLE conference on the topic of understanding disability, identifying functional limitations and evaluating access accommodations in the higher education setting and is continually engaged in training and collaboration with professionals in the disability field.

Highly skilled in the area of disability and civil rights law, Desiree earned her Bachelor’s in Political Science from University of South Florida, and Master’s in Human Relations and Arts from the University of Oklahoma. In May 2021, she earned her Juris Doctor from the North Carolina Central University School of Law Evening Program, working full time during the day and attending classes at night. Desiree is a licensed attorney in the State of North Carolina and works with Legal Aid and Military Veterans and Families to provide pro bono legal services for underserved and underprivileged individuals.

In her free time, Desiree enjoys snowboarding, traveling, finding great eateries, and spending time with her family.