Abbot alumna inspires and educates through radio show
Episode #1273
July 22nd, 2020
Disability Rights
As a young girl in the early 80s, Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins, diagnosed with cerebral palsy two years after she was born, realized that she wasn’t treated equally compared to her able-bodied peers and friends. She was stopped by the lack of ramps to buildings at school, not allowed to eat lunch with her friends and shunned by her peers. Eager to prove that she can do anything everyone else can, Jennifer joined the disability rights movement and participated in her first protest when she was six years old. The deeply affecting image of Jennifer crawling up the steps of the Capitol went viral and is widely believed to have helped pressure Congress into passing the Americans with Disabilities Act. Winner of the Carter G Woodson Award, Annette Bay Pimentel’s new picture book chronicles the life of Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins and her determination to fight for disability rights.
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