Author Talk | ‘All The Way to the Top’ with Annette Pimentel and Jennifer Chaffins-Keelan

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Tuesday, July 19, 2020 5pm  ET | 2pm PT– All the Way to the Top in partnership with PBS Books and GPB

Join PBS Books as author Annette Pimentel and activist Jennifer Chaffins-Keelan discuss All the Way to the Top and Jennifer’s experiences as a child activist. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about Annette’s process as she shares the extraordinary story of Jennifer’s activism, persistence, and perseverance.  Plus have an opportunity to hear questions from Girl Scouts and answers from our featured guests.

In partnership with Girl Scouts’ Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and Georgia Public Broadcasting, PBS Books is pleased to focus on Access in July celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This series of programs provides viewer (young and old) with an opportunity to learn more about the ADA, its history, and its impact by speaking with trailblazing authors and disability activists.


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. She teaches audiences about 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.

Jennifer is a trailblazer—she is the proud owner of Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins LLC, established in May 2020, a certified woman owned business. She currently lives in Colorado with her Service Dog Mya and live-in aide. Welcome Jennifer


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 Before Music: Where Instruments Come From; Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories which one the Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice; All the Way to the Top: How One Girl’s Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything which won a Schneider Honor Prize; Girl Running which was a Junior Library Guild selection; and Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service which won the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. When she’s not digging into archives or pounding away at her treadmill desk, she hikes, quilts, gardens, and helps administer her county library as an elected Library Trustee. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

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