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The Educational Experiences of a Non-Speaking, Autistic Person

Location: Online Presentation

This 60-minute live-virtual presentation will discuss Jordyn's lived experience as both a student and trained educator. She will discuss how ableist beliefs contribute to low expectations, challenges with accessing higher-educational spaces, how inclusive spaces can be created, the language we use, how to show up for others in community, and suggestions for ensuring all students experience success. Emphasis will be placed on nonspeaking/minimally speaking autistic students. Time will be allotted for questions.

Jordyn Zimmerman, M.Ed. is a nonspeaking autistic person and advocate who received her graduate degree in education from Boston College. She completed her bachelor’s degree in education policy at Ohio University, where she founded an inclusive collegiate cheer team called Ohio University Sparkles. 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, an experience that is featured in the 2021 documentary, This Is Not About Me.

This event is sponsored by the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity.

Visit the Academic Speaker Series page for a link to the virtual presentation and more information. 

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