ACL Blog

September 19, 2019 | By Rhonda Schwartz, Regional Administrator (Region III), ACL
More than one third of community-dwelling adults age 65 and older live alone. Many of these older adults have complex health needs. Additionally, many depend upon others for assistance and support—and their loved ones may not live nearby. These circumstances contribute to the disproportionate…
September 18, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Did you know that, every year, one out of four older adults trips, slips, slides, or loses their balance and experiences a fall. Falls can happen to older adults with and without disabilities. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that falls and fall-related…
September 12, 2019 | By ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson
Every September, National Preparedness Month brings focus to disaster planning and getting ready for emergencies. This year’s theme says it best – we should aim to be “Prepared, Not Scared.” Of course, even with the best plan, a catastrophic storm, or wildfire, or any other kind of emergency…
September 6, 2019 |
By Greg Link, Director of the Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services Grandparents play a special role in families. They pass along traditions, wisdom, and culture to future generations. Increasingly, they also provide loving and stable homes to their grandchildren. Nearly eight million…
August 29, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
The number of family caregivers, including grandparents who are raising grandchildren, is significant and growing. They are the backbone of our country’s caregiving system and supporting them is critical to making it possible for people of all ages and abilities to continue to live in their…
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…

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