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All the Way to the Top... Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

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Join Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins as she talks about the book ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP and her part as a young activist for disability rights.

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2020 was the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Jennifer was just 8 years old at the time and the youngest participant in the historic Capitol Crawl, which was the catalyst to the passage of the ADA. At the steps of the United States Capitol Building, without her wheelchair, she climbed… All the Way to the Top! The children's book, All the Way to the Top, is about her experiences as a young activist.

Jennifer will discuss the book and...

  • Disability activism and the importance of civic engagement and the role both played in helping pass the ADA
  • How to recognize bullying and discrimination and the difference between barriers and access
  • The importance of learning about disability rights and social justice
  • The importance of being inclusive
  • Personal empowerment and using one's voice

The book received an ALA 2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor. The book is the true story of a little girl who just wanted to GO, even when barriers stood in her way.

Lesson plan! View the All the Way to the Top EDUCATOR'S GUIDE.

A recording will be available afterward at libraries.ok.gov/ADA-30.

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