July 30, 2021 | Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
Equal access to health care is one of the rights guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this guest blog, Mary Willard, Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), talks about how Centers for Independent Living…
July 30, 2021 |
  Summary:  Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded the “public charge” rule implemented in 2019. This means that receiving or applying for most Medicaid benefits, public housing, or nutrition assistance are no longer grounds for denying an individual seeking a visa…
July 26, 2021 |
Courtney Felle, an intern in ACL’s Center for Policy and Evaluation, shares a personal reflection on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the future of disability advocacy. I was born disabled at the end of 1999, nearly a decade after the historic passage of the…
July 21, 2021 | Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
I am a brown, disabled, adopted woman who acquired transverse myelitis as an infant, and I use a manual wheelchair. My experiences growing up with these identities shaped those I developed later—who I am as a person, researcher, and activist. I am proud of all of my identities, and I am excited to…
July 16, 2021 | By: Vicki Gottlich, Esq., Director, Center for Policy and Evaluation
On July 13, an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) was published in the Federal Register that implements requirements set forth in the No Surprises Act to establish protections against surprise billing and excessive cost-sharing in health care. Surprise billing can occur when someone…
June 30, 2021 | A guest blog by Paula Basta, M.Div., Director, Illinois Department on Aging
Aging can be a challenge for any community. But the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults bring distinct challenges. It is estimated that 4.3% of the adult population of Illinois identify as LGBTQ+. The Illinois Department on Aging’s (IDoA) mission is to provide high-quality, person-centered care to all…
June 28, 2021 | Rohmteen Mokhtari, ACL Public Affairs
Pride month is a time of celebration for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community - including the many LGBTQ+ people with disabilities. It also is a time to honor the impact and sacrifice of early advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, and those who continue the fight today.…
June 22, 2021 | Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On June 22, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Olmstead v L.C., making clear that people with disabilities have a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to live and fully participate in their communities. In the opinion explaining that decision, the Supreme Court…
June 21, 2021 | By Kristi Hill, Deputy Director, ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
As the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research works through the busiest time of our grants year, we have gotten a lot of questions from across the research community about how we are implementing the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support…
June 16, 2021 | By Brian Altman, J.D., Deputy Director for the Administration on Aging
President Biden’s LGBTQ Pride Month Proclamation noted “many LGBTQ+ seniors, who faced discrimination and oppression throughout their lives, are isolated and need support and elder care.” At ACL, we are committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ older adults receive the services and supports they need and…

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