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All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Sourcebooks Explore (first published March 1st 2020)
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Laura
Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins was six when she joined the movement to fight for her rights as someone with disabilities. We forget, as time goes on, that the American with Disabilities Act has only been around since the 1990s, and that before then, there were no requirements to make buildings accessable to those with disabilities.





The story focuses on Jennifer's fight, and the Capital Crawl, where people who were wheel chair bound, crawled up the steps to the Capital building in Washington DC, to
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Melanie Dulaney
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
In this non-fiction book for 2nd-4th grade students, Annette Pimentel relates how a young girl with cerebral palsy, Jennifer Keenan-Chaffins, worked with adult activists to persuade Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Nabi Alis illustrations, sketched and then digitally painted, are fabulous and the main portion of the text is simple enough for most in the target audience to understand and to read on their own. I was a bit confused at the foreword, written by ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins was only six when she joined the movement to fight for her rights as someone with disabilities. She had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair. She was unable to do a lot of things like take herself to school because she could not get down the curb. She protests throughout North America to make things accessible for all. I was not familiar with "The Capital Crawl" where many people with disabilities/in wheelchairs crawled up the steps to the Capital building in Washington ...more
Amber Hendrick
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the wife of a disabled Veteran, I was thrilled to find a picture book that dug deep into the issue surrounding the fight for the rights of Americans with disabilities. All The Way To The Top: How One Girl's Fight For Americans With Disabilities Changed Everything is an inspiring look into the courage and strength of Jennifer Keelan, a young girl denied common childhood experiences because of her disability. You will find yourself cheering Jennifer on as she meets every challenge with grace ...more
Tonia Christle
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just watched Crip Camp and Jennifer makes a brief appearance at the end of the documentary - the famous footage of her climbing the capitol steps. I first heard about Jennifer (The Capitol Crawl, The ADA, pretty much anything disability-related...) in college.



This book was beautifully illustrated - with a foreword by Jennifer herself - and really explained the situation pre-ADA well, so that kids would understand what was going on at the time. I really enjoyed this one. Still so rare that I
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Emily
I had never heard of the Capitol Crawl! Actually, I've realized that I really don't know much at all about the history of disability activism. This is an important book!

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
Pam
I received an electronic ARC from SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky through NetGalley.
Pimentel tells Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins's story. Jennifer was born with cerebral palsy and lived at a time before the ADA was in place. She was the youngest member of the protests and marches for equal rights for those with disabilities. Her most known protest is the Capitol Crawl when she crawled up the US Capitol steps to protest in person for the ADA. The media covered her entire climb and helped turn public opinion
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Chelsea
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While this book is written with simple words, the impact is real. I had never heard of the Capitol Crawl but I definitely see the benefits that came with passing the ADA and the impact that this specific protest had on the government to make some necessary changes. This book takes a nuanced situation and makes it engaging and understandable for even young children - I am excited to read this to my students in the library! In addition to learning about the passing of the ADA, students will learn ...more
Abby Johnson
This is a fantastic introduction to the disability rights activism that led to the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Jennifer Keelan was one of very, very few children who participated in the demonstrations, including the Capitol Crawl in which people with disabilities crawled up the steps of the Capitol, the building where laws are made which at the time was completely inaccessible to people in wheelchairs. Jennifer writes the forward to this book and back matter includes ...more
Susi Schaefer
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An inspiring story about change.

In "All The Way To The Top," a girl is part of a movement that helps lead to the creation of the ADA.

By fighting for the rights of people with disabilities, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins proves that young people can play an important role in inspiring change.

Annette Bay Pimentel used clever and simple text to tell Jennifer's story, while beautiful illustrations by Nabi H. Ali show the many challenges that simple tasks can pose to people with a disability.

The back
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Shauna Morrison
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I requested and received an advanced reading copy of this book from NetGalley.

I had never heard of the Capitol Crawl or Jennifer Keelans and I find it appalling that people with disabilities are still, to this day, fighting for the basic rights that I (as a non-disabled person) am entitled to every day. This book does a great job of bringing to light the battle that is fought daily by disabled persons.

I hope this book creates enough buzz to help further the American Disabilities Act and improve
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Alex Giardino
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not familiar with Jennifer Keelan's story of fighting for justice for people with disabilities, so I was very happy to discover this inspiring picture book. The story was thoughtfully written in a way that invites understanding and connection, and it also gives adults many opportunities to talk with young readers about accessibility in our communities, equity for all people, and social justice for people with disabilities. This is one of those books for children that can change hearts and ...more
Alex
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely love the representation in this picture book! I love how fierce Jennifer is for fighting what she believes in. However, I think the book feels like it needs better transition from one event to the next. It seems to bounce around in my opinion. However, I 100% will recommend this regardless of that!
Danielle Dufayet
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't inspire you, nothing will! Little Jennifer's fight for the rights of people with disabilities is so uplifting. She was only six when she joined the movement, but what a difference she made. This wonderful book reminds us all that one person can truly make the world better for others. This is a must read in every home and classroom!
Kaila
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This is such an important story, and a great intro to disability rights.



Look at this badass girl. Thank you Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins for your fortitude, and thank you Annette Bay Pimentel and Nabi H. Ali for creating this book.
Melinda Bender
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fighting for the rights of those who are disabled. Jennifer felt it was important to represent for other disabled kids. Participating in the capital crawl, an important part of history that is not widely known, Jennifer showed her courage and strength. Awesome story that should be shared.
Dina
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
There is so much to love about this story! This picture book has it all: an engaging story, theme of even a child can make a difference, beautiful illustrations, a bibliography, timeline and great use of quotes from Jennifer Keelan (who the book is about)! Highly recommend!
Emilybrooks89
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Recommended for all kids who want to learn more about disability rights activism!
Amy Soma
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Im not sure how I missed the Capitol Crawl when it actually happened, but I loved Jennifers activism and grit. What a great resource for sharing with kids. ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
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Sean
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Great childrens book for anyone to read about fighting for disability rights & the passing of the ADA in 1990. Check it out! ...more
Franki Sibberson
Another story from history that I didn't know about until this book. Important story to share with students.
Andréa
Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through Edelweiss and NetGalley.
Heather
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a true story of a little girl who fought for equal rights for Americans with disabilities. It comes out in March 2020. This book made me sad that this ever had to be a fight. That people were treated this way. Thats not acceptable. Im grateful for their hard work and persistence ...more
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