ACL Blog

July 26, 2019 | Patricia Yeager, Ph.D, CEO, The Independence Center
Since its passage 29 years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped the United States become a healthier and more inclusive nation by increasing access and equality for our largest minority group: people with disabilities. The purpose of this landmark civil rights…
July 26, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Twenty nine years ago today, our country took an important step toward affirming the dignity and civil right of people with disabilities when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.   Today, an entire generation of people with disabilities has grown up…
July 23, 2019 | Julie Hocker, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
What a great day at ACL! We just finished a full day of back-to-back meetings with executive directors from Centers for Independent Living, State Independent Living Councils, and state designated entities from as far away as Washington state and as close by as Maryland (and many, many states in…
June 28, 2019 | ACL Staff
ACL Administrator Lance Robertson Speaking to Audience Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separating and isolating people with disabilities from the rest of society is against the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The landmark case — Olmstead v. L.C. — has…
June 27, 2019 | ACL Staff
From smartphones to social media, technology is reshaping our world. For people with disabilities, advancements in technology and engineering have the potential to knock down long-standing barriers to communication, employment, and full community participation. ACL’s National Institute on…
June 14, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Tomorrow we join the world in speaking out against the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day is about coming together to reaffirm that older adults are equal members of our communities, entitled to all the same dignity, rights, and…
May 21, 2019 | Greg Link, Director, Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services
Over the next 11 years, 1 in 5 seniors will transition from the workforce to retirement. But that doesn’t mean they’re done contributing to their communities. In many cases, they are just beginning! Older adults have a lifetime of experience and insight to offer, and their contributions of time…
May 15, 2019 | Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs
Older Americans have been creating inventions and works of art since our country’s inception. Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocal lens at 78. Actress Rita Moreno has had a career spanning seven decades and currently stars in a Netflix series at 87. Grandma Moses started painting at 76. Every day…
May 7, 2019 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
ACL believes that when older adults and communities stay connected, everyone wins. That’s why Connect is the first step in our three-part theme for Older Americans Month (OAM) 2019: Connect, Create, Contribute. Celebrated each May, OAM provides opportunities for people of all ages to connect and…
May 1, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Every day, all around us, older adults make a positive impact in our communities. As employees, volunteers, mentors, and advocates, they are an integral part of America’s social fabric. Their experience and insights enrich and strengthen our neighborhoods, workplaces, and families. That’s why ACL…

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