Public Advisory Council Member
D. Jay Gense
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
D. Jay Gense is Director of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness with the Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University. Previously, he was a Director at the Oregon Department of Education, administering statewide services for students with vision impairments, hearing impairments, deafblindness, and autism spectrum disorders. Jay has over 30 years experience teaching and administering special education services. He holds an Ed.S. degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in the areas of blindness, deaf-blindness, orientation and mobility, and administration, and a BS in Elementary Education/Special Education.
Jay Gense and his wife Marilyn have written and presented widely on educational strategies in working with students with blindness, autism disorders, orientation & mobility, and on assessment and program development for students with low incidence disabilities. Their book Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment: Meeting Student’s Learning Needs (2005, AFB Press, NY) was the recipient of the 2006 Publication Award from AER’s Education Curriculum Division.