Fighting For Change

March 13, 2020
FROM LEFT: STEPHEN BLUE FOR TIME FOR KIDS; KATIE JENNINGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins has a disorder called cerebral palsy. She uses a wheelchair. As a child, it was hard for her to do simple things like eat lunch with her friends in school, because there were no wheelchair ramps in the cafeteria.

When she was 8, Jennifer set aside her wheelchair and climbed the steps of the United States Capitol on her hands and knees. Her actions sent a message: Pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lawmakers listened. Today, the ADA makes public spaces accessible to people with disabilities.

All the Way to the Top is Keelan-Chaffins’s story. “Jennifer had the power to inspire and to change the world,” author Annette Bay Pimentel told TFK. “I hope readers take away that they can make a difference and make a change.”