Jordyn Zimmerman obtained her bachelors degree in Education Policy from Ohio University and is currently a graduate student of education at Boston College. Having experienced special education programs while in school herself, Jordyn hopes to become a catalyst for change. As a nonspeaking autistic student who was denied access to effective augmentative communication until she was 18, Jordyn has personal experience challenging the educational status quo, which is featured in the 2021 documentary, This Is Not About Me.
Technology helped open Jordyn's world and in 2014, she began advocating for students through a series of speaking engagements. Since then, she has keynoted and presented at conferences around the world, is on the board of CommunicationFIRST, and has been featured by prominent media outlets. Jordyn has written blogs for companies in Amsterdam and has been featured by educators in Singapore.
An avid typist and advocate for all students, Jordyn helped to make The Ohio Speech and Debate Association more inclusive. She also founded the Ohio University Sparkle Effect team; the seventh, inclusive collegiate team in the nation. In 2017, she was recognized by the International Council for Exceptional Children with the "Yes I Can!" Award. All of this is just the beginning, as Jordyn is passionate and determined to make a difference in the world of education — making sure every student is able to access effective communication and exercise their right to a truly inclusive education..
What People Are Saying:
"Jordyn's keynote touched the hearts and minds of educators from all over the world. The powerful combination of visuals and clear writing made for a very compelling presentation. Her lessons are a must for all educators. We need young people like Jordyn who can change the world!"
-Alan November, Marblehead, MA
International leader in education technology, author, and host of the Building Learning Communities Conference.
"Jordyn inspired, warmed and informed over 800 people. Her personality and message was perfect for the whole crowd."
-Executive Director of Friendship Circle, Cleveland, OH