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Selected Media and Publications


Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

NIH VideoCast, April, 2022 (2:27:00)


Nonspeakers and Human Rights

Uniquely Human, November, 2021


Happy Beginnings | Jordyn Zimmerman ’20 Wants to Be a Catalyst for Change

Ohio University, April, 2020

Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate

Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate is a compilation of 45 autobiographies of extraordinary individuals who use keyboards, letter boards, and communication devices. Edited by Edlyn Pena.

Advocate for All

Ohio Today, August, 2018


Ohio Student to Receive International Award

Council for Exceptional Children, April, 2017

Communication As A Basic Right

Medium, April, 2017


A Letter to my IEP Team

The Mighty, November, 2015



Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA: December, 2021

Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Severe Needs

Ohio University, Athens, OH: May, 2020 

Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Education Policy

Minor in Communication Studies

Certificate in Law, Justice, & Culture 

Related Experience

The Nora Project, Remote: January 2022 - Present

Director of Professional Development

  • Support educators using the professional development curriculum and oversee educator training camp

  • Design and deliver training for educators outside The Nora Project partner school network

  • Design and deliver basic disability inclusion training for non-educator partners such as corporations, parents, and community organizations

  • Work with the program team on the design and modification of various instructional materials


National Disability Rights Network, Washington, DC: May 2019 - August 2019

Public Policy Intern

  • Meet with representatives and other officials to discuss issues pertaining to safety, education and employment

  • Attend, research, and report on Congressional briefings, hearings, coalition meetings, and other relevant meetings, as well as track legislation and regulatory issues

Mentor Cardinal Autism Resource and Education School, Mentor, Ohio: July 2016 - August 2018

Summer Classroom Assistant and Art Instructor

  • Develop, adapt and instruct art lessons for 50+ students aged 5-21

  • Provide one-on-one support to students who can benefit from additional guidance

  • Create visuals and task organizers to help students meet their communicative, educational, and social needs


CommunicationFIRST, December 2020 - Present

Board of Directors, Member

  • Discuss and advocate for policy change to protect and advance the human rights of people who are unable to rely on speech alone to communicate

  • Participate in the strategic planning process and implementation


Ohio University Student Senate, October 2017 - April 2020

Commissioner for Minority Affairs 

  • Advocate for student interest and accessibility across campus

Ohio University Sparkles, August 2016 - May 2020

Founder and President

  • Consult and collaborate with university administrators, representatives and departments

  • Communicate with the officers, members, parents and the national Sparkle Effect

  • Oversee activities and the coordination of events

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