Programs & Activities
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is committed to one fundamental principle—that people with disabilities and older adults should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and fully participate in their communities. In working toward that vision, the ACL oversees and administers programs and activities that support older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers across the lifespan.
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ACL works with and through a national aging services network to promote the development of systems of home and community-based services and supports that address the needs and preferences of older adults and their caregivers. These services complement medical and health care systems. They help prevent hospital readmissions and support some of life’s most basic functions, such as bathing or preparing meals. The programs also support family caregivers, address issues of abuse of older adults, and adapt services to the needs of Native Americans.
- Elder Rights Services provide a range of programs that help to protect the rights of vulnerable and at-risk older individuals both the community and long-term care settings.
- Health, Prevention, and Wellness Programs older adults remain as healthy as possible. Efforts include evidence-based disease and disability prevention programs and the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program.
- Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Americans program acknowledges the unique cultural and social traditions of tribal communities.
- National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information provides information and resources to help individuals plan for future long-term care.
- National Family Caregiver Support Program provides a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.
- Nutrition Services provide balanced and nutritious meals at home or at a congregate setting such as a senior center, church, or another community facility.
- Support Services assist older adults to maintain their independence in their communities. Services include assistance with transportation, in-home care, community-based services such as adult day care, and information and referral assistance.
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ACL’s disability programs fund capacity-building, knowledge creation, and systems change initiatives. Together these efforts seek to ensure that people with disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance so that they can contribute to and be a part of all facets of community living.
- State Councils on Developmental Disabilities engage in systems change and capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- State Protection & Advocacy Systems help individuals with developmental disabilities secure their human and civil rights.
- Projects of National Significance help create and enhance opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to contribute to, and participate in, all facets of community life.
- National Network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research & Service represents an expansive national resource for addressing issues, finding solutions, and advancing research related to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
- The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities’ mission is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of HHS on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities.
- Help America Vote Act grants make polling places accessible to voters with disabilities.
- Independent Living Services programs provide formula grants to states and territories to support the operation of and technical assistance to State Independent Living Councils, supporting the operations of local Centers for Independent Living, and providing direct services to people with disabilities.
- Centers for Independent Living programs provide discretionary grants to centers that are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential, private and nonprofit agencies for the provision of Independent Living services.
- Paralysis Resource Center provides comprehensive information for people living with paralysis and their families.
- Limb Loss Resource Center works to empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy.
- Assistive Technology programs work to improve access to assistive technology for people with disabilities.
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ACL also manages a variety of programs that work to remove the administrative barriers that can make it difficult for many older adults and people with disabilities to fully participate in an inclusive community life.
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers Program/No Wrong Door System is a collaborative effort between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and ACL. It simplifies consumer access to long-term services and supports.
- Evidence-Based Care Transitions Program focuses on developing best practices to facilitate the hospital discharge process and to help nursing facility residents return to the community.
- Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services Program is a partnership with the Veteran’s Health Administration to serve veterans of all ages at risk of nursing home placement
- Lifespan Respite Care Program is a coordinated system of accessible, community-based respite care services for family caregivers of children and adults of all ages with special needs.
- Transportation Research and Demonstration Program operates in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to improve coordinated transportation systems for people with disabilities and older adults.
- Business Acumen for Community Based Organizations is a learning collaborative with nine networks of community-based organizations to assist them in marketing, contracting, and pricing the services they provide to older adults and individuals with disabilities.
- Policy Analysis and Development program analyzes trends in demographics, service needs, public policy and program development, and translates those trends into policies, programs, and technical assistance related to long-term services and supports for people with disabilities and older adults.
- Duals Demonstration Ombudsman Program provides technical assistance to CMS grantees that are designing and implementing an ombudsman program.
- State Health Insurance Assistance Programs assist Medicare beneficiaries who need information, counseling, and enrollment assistance beyond what they are able to receive on their own.
- Senior Medicare Patrol recruits and trains retired professionals and other senior citizens about how to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud.
- Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers program provides grants to states and tribes to help older people, individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers apply for special assistance through Medicare.
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Working on the cutting edge of disability research, ACL-funded investigators are exploring ways to enhance opportunities for community living for older adults and people with disabilities through innovative rehabilitation methodologies; assistive technology; family support; environmental accessibility; transitions from school to work; and the ADA.
Visit National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
to learn more.
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