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All the Way to the Top with Disability Rights Activist Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and Author Annette Bay Pimentel (Hybrid)

April 4, 2022 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Location: Curtis Gallery

Join disability rights activist Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and author Annette Bay Pimentel for a reading of their book All the Way to the Top and a gripping discussion of Jennifer’s fight for disability rights, beginning in her childhood. Submit your questions for Jennifer and Annette when you register! Ideal for children in grades K to 6 and their families.

Register here. This program is hybrid (simultaneously on Zoom and in person). Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and Annette Bay Pimentel will join us via Zoom. Families may join on Zoom or gather together in the Library, whichever you prefer! Please let us know whether you will participate in person at the Library or online over Zoom. 


Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins is a passionate advocate for the support and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and an activist for disability rights. She joined the disability rights movement at age six, and at age eight she participated in the famous “Capitol Crawl” protest to support the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act. In 1990, she received the Americans With Disabilities Act Award from The Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities. Today Jennifer is an educator and a motivational speaker and together with her new illustrated biography All the Way to the Top, Jennifer teaches audiences the importance of the ADA, the Capitol Crawl, and the disability rights movement and its place in American history, with an emphasis on education, advocacy, and empowerment.

Annette Bay Pimentel writes award-winning nonfiction books for kids about the people and ideas that have shaped our world. She’s the author of Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories; All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything; Girl Running; and Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. When she’s not digging into archives or pounding away at her treadmill desk, she quilts (badly), gardens (feebly), and helps administer her library as an elected Library Trustee.


This program is intended for families with children in grades K to 6. Adults and children over 2 are strongly encouraged to wear masks for the duration of the program.


April 4, 2022
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
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Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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