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Welcome to BLC16! Building Learning Communities Education Conference 2016! Join colleagues from around the world who care deeply about bringing the best innovative and practical learning resources to our students. Our 17th BLC education conference will provide you with inspiration, practical skills and expand your professional network with educators from around the world.
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Jordyn Zimmerman

Jordyn Zimmerman is a graduate student of education at Boston College studying Curriculum and Instruction. Before graduate school, she interned at the National Disability Rights Network and completed her bachelor’s degree in Education Policy at Ohio University, where she founded an inclusive collegiate cheer team called the Ohio University Sparkles. As a nonspeaking autistic student who was denied access to effective augmentative communication until she was 18, Ms. Zimmerman has personal experience challenging the educational status quo. Technology helped open Ms. Zimmerman's world and, in 2014, she began advocating for students through a series of national and global speaking engagements. She is on the board of CommunicationFIRST, has keynoted conferences, written blogs for companies in Amsterdam, been featured by educators in Singapore, and most recently shared her story in a film titled, "This Is Not About Me." An avid typist and advocate for all students, Ms. Zimmerman is passionate about ensuring every student is able to access effective communication and exercise their right to a truly inclusive education.

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