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


2020 was the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The book, All the Way to the Top, takes a behind the scenes look at disability activism through the eyes of a brave eight-year-old girl. It is the true account of Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and her life experiences that led her to be involved in the historic Capitol Crawl, which was the catalyst to the passage of the ADA.

In the presentation, Jennifer discussed 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.

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

View the recording of the presentation YouTube.

For closed captioning, hover over the video and click the "CC" for the words to appear on the screen. 

To find more information on disability awareness, resources and tools, go to the Disability Resources webpage.

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