Selected Media and Publications


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

National Disability Rights Network, Washington, DC: May-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: Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018

Classroom Assistant and Art Instructor

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

  • Provide one-on-one assistance to students struggling behaviorally and/or socially

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


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


Council for Exceptional Children: Yes I Can!

National Speech and Debate Association: District Student of the Year, Finalist