What's New (March 28 - April 12)

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More of the latest additions
  • New website titled "Safe Return to School For All" summarizes the recommended best practices for returning safely to school. The websites recommendations are based on information from the Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center working with staff at the Special School District of St. Louis County, Missouri. (Posted March 26)
  • Webinar Series: COVID-19 Vaccination and Reaching People with Disabilities. AUCD, ASTHO and NACCHO will host sessions featuring state-level jurisdictions and CDC guests from 1-2pm ET on the following dates:
    • Webinar #1 and #2 have already been held.
    • Webinar #3 - Communication: Promising practices for reducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and disseminating accessible messages
      Wednesday, April 7th - REGISTER
    • Webinar #4 - Prioritization: Promising practices for educating others about the importance of disability prioritizing in state vaccination plans
      Thursday, April 8th - REGISTER  (Posted March 23)
  • ACL has released updated FAQs about Centers for Independent Living and COVID-19 Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) Funding. (Posted March 18)The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coverage and Reimbursement of COVID-19 Vaccines, Vaccine Administration, and Cost Sharing under Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP vaccine toolkit. (Posted March 16)
  • AARP has developed a "When Can Older Americans Expect to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?" resource that includes a tool with state-specific information. (Posted March 16)
  • The Federal Transit Administration-funded National Center for Mobility Management  is hosting a series of webinars on mobilizing transit and public health partnerships for COVID-19 vaccinations. The webinar will highlight practical community examples. The two remaining webinars will be held from 12-12:45pm EST on March 24 and April 7. (Posted March 10)
  • The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has a webpage dedicated to "Engaging Community-Based Organizations: Promising Practices for Reaching At-Risk Individuals for COVID-19 Vaccination and Information." The page outlines the CMIST Framework and describes funding that may be available to CBOs to support vaccination assistance efforts. (Posted March 9)


For Older Adults, People with Disabilities, Families, and Caregivers

  • Vaccine info
  • Staying safe
  • Your rights
Click here to learn more

For the Aging and Disability Networks

  • ACL Program Guidance
  • Promising Practices: Innovative approaches that may work in your community
  • Guidance from other federal programs
Find more resources hereFind a listing of upcoming and archived webinars

Ensuring Equity and Inclusion

Resources for

  • State and local COVID-19 response planners
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Educators
  • Businesses
  • others who need to understand the needs and issues of older adults and people with disabilities

Click here to find more helpful tips

Partnership to Increase Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

On March 29, President Biden announced several actions to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, including an exciting partnership between ACL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase vaccine access for people with disabilities and older adults.

These grants will provide assistance with scheduling vaccine appointments, transportation to vaccine sites, direct support services needed to attend vaccine appointments, connection to in-home vaccination options, and education about the importance of receiving the vaccine to older adults and people with disabilities. In addition, these grants will enable the aging and disability networks to identify people who are unable to independently travel to vaccination sites and to provide technical assistance to local health departments on improving access to vaccines for people with disabilities and older adults.

Approximately $5 million will fund national hotlines to connect older adults and people with disabilities with local disability and aging agencies that can assist with vaccine registration and provide services and supports necessary to get the vaccine. This funding will increase the capacity of the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide service funded by ACL that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. It also will leverage the infrastructure of the Eldercare Locator to provide, for the first time, a similar service for people with disabilities. 

An additional $93 million will be distributed as follows:

  • State Units on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging ($50 million)
  • Aging and Disability Resource Centers ($26 million)
  • Centers for Independent Living that receive federal funding directly from ACL. ($5 million)
  • University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)
  • Protection and Advocacy systems ($4 million)
  • State Councils on Developmental Disabilities ($4 million)

Learn more about this partnership.

National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness

The National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness provides detailed information about the seven goals of Biden Administration's coordinated pandemic response. The 198-page strategy document begins with an overview of the goals, followed by details on a variety of topics, many of which intersect the core missions of the aging and disability networks. Among the topics covered are home and community based services, vaccination communication, impact on at-risk groups, equitable access to PPE, and community-based, multi-sector efforts to align health and social interventions. The strategy reflects the White House's priorities for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Follow your state's guidance

Decisions about community measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as vaccine prioritization and distribution, will be made by local and state officials, The links in this section will connect you to some state resources.

Links to state resources

Last modified on 04/12/2021

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