This Is Not About Me Film Screening and Forum
Mercer Island, WA, November 22, 2023 - In honor of Inclusive Schools Week, WASA is partnering with the Mercer Island School District to present a showing of the film This is Not About Me followed by a forum with the film’s star Jordyn Zimmerman and Mercer Island High School graduate, Grant Blasko. Both are young adults with Autism who use Augmentative & Alternative Communication.
This is Not About Me tells the story of Jordyn Zimmerman. Jordyn dreamt of becoming a teacher. She started out eager to learn at school, but she was soon separated from other children. Unable to communicate traditionally, teachers thought she was also unable to understand or learn. Year after year, her behavior worsened. She was retained and placed in seclusion. Jordyn found herself caught in a system that unintentionally turned her life into a living nightmare. Finally, at the age of 18, with the help of educators who see her differently, she manages to turn her fate and flourish.
This documentary includes conversations and references to restraint and topics such as disability-based discrimination and harassment. We acknowledge that this content may be difficult to view, so we encourage you to prepare emotionally before proceeding. Take care of your safety and emotional well-being. If you are registering for someone other than yourself, please share this message with them.
DATE AND TIME
Thursday, December 7 - 4–6 p.m.
Registration is complimentary for this Zoom screening and forum.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email via Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.
Contact MISD Special Services Director Dr. Sue Ann Bube at 206.236.3329 with questions about the program.
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