Gene is a professor of special education at the University of Washington and teaches the Special Education module for the Danforth Program. Developing and evaluating programs for special education students has been the focus of much of his writing. Gene won the University of Washington Service Award in 2000 for his extensive and excellent with communities, schools, and families. He recently was a member of the Commission on Student Learning task force that developed the inclusion and accommodation guidelines for Washington students in special populations. Gene is very active in promoting education as a career and encourages undergraduate students in their growth.