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Selected Media and Publications

Nonspeaking Woman with Autism Now an Education Advocate

PEOPLE, May, 2023


Jordyn Zimmerman is redefining communication as a nonspeaking advocate for disability rights

19th News, April, 2023


Episode 181: Inclusive Education for students with communication disabilities

Beyond 6 Seconds, April, 2023

SLP's As AAC Gatekeepers

Invited presentation at ASHA, November, 2022. CommunicationFIRST Blog

See Us. Hear Us.: Jordyn Zimmerman

CommunicationFIRST, October, 2022


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



Quantic School of Business and Technology | December, 2024 (Anticipated)

Master of Business Administration


Boston College | December, 2021

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Extensive Support Needs

Ohio University | May, 2020 

Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Education Policy

Minor in Communication Studies

Certificate in Law, Justice, & Culture 

Professional Experience

The Nora Project: January 2022 - Present

Program Strategy Manager

  • Identify needs, design training and lead professional development for learners targeted towards understanding disability as diversity with a 98% positive feedback rate.

  • Spearhead annual hybrid training for over 300 learners demonstrating project management and marketing skills, while achieving a continuous growth rate in sign-ups and 100% participation.

  • Incorporate market data and research to identify opportunities, inform product build, and create roadmaps aligned with broader organizational goals. 

  • Develop accessible materials to help learners understand disability studies, improve empathy and friendship skills, and learn how to support each other.

Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA: January 2021 - December 2021

Professional Intern

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

Public Policy Intern​ (AAPD)

Involvement and Leadership


United States Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, March 2022 - Present


CommunicationFIRST, December 2020 - Present

Board of Directors, Member; Chairperson 

Hillel International, September 2018 - August 2023

Student Cabinet Co-Chair; Board of Directors, Member

Ohio University Sparkles, August 2016 - May 2020

Founder and President

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