ACL Blog

November 15, 2019 | By Rob Groenendaal, ACL Assistive Technology Program Manager, and Shantol Coleman, ACL Program Analyst
Today is America Recycles Day. Recycling assistive technology is one way to help make community living possible for more people. Assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment (DME) encompass a broad range of devices including home hospital beds, hearing aids, communication devices,…
November 11, 2019 |
ACL is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer training and practical job experience to veterans with disabilities. The first two veterans to join ACL through the program, Shantol Coleman and Darrick Copeland, describe their experience in the program and how their…
November 11, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
Approximately 200,000 Americans will join the U.S. military by the close of 2019. This year’s volunteers will join the ranks of the 24 million Americans who either currently serve in the military or are veterans. When each of them made the decision to join, they knew the sacrifices that lay ahead,…
November 6, 2019 | Kristie Kulinski, Aging Services Program Specialist
  Diabetes is among the most common chronic diseases experienced by older adults. More than 30 million Americans have diabetes. That's 9.4% of the U.S. population. This figure increases with age, with diabetes affecting 25.2% of adults 65 and older, according to the CDC's 2017 National Diabetes…
October 31, 2019 |
By Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Today marks the close of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year's NDEAM theme, "the right talent, right now," perfectly captures the many contributions people with disabilities are making to our…
October 30, 2019 |
Amir Rahimi demonstrates how a screen magnifier helps him read e-mails during an ACL visit to the ENDependence Center of Norther Virginia. Generations of people with disabilities have faced a similar challenge: how to contribute their skills and talents in work environments that are not always…
October 28, 2019 | Julie Hocker, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
How many people are currently living in the United States with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)? What health problems do individuals with an IDD frequently have? How many individuals with IDD have access to health care? The answers to questions like these are critical to…
October 18, 2019 |
Left to Right: Maryland Department of Aging Secretary Rona Kramer, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson, Department of Justice Senior Counsel for Elder Justice Susan Lynch Last month, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and Susan…
October 17, 2019 |
This blog was originally published on October 16, 2019, by the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). Living, learning, and working with a disability can be challenging. Sometimes, the best person to understand what you’re going through might be someone who’s also been there. A peer…
October 10, 2019 |
"Nothing about us without us" is at the core of the disability rights movement, and active participation in policy making by people with disabilities is the driving force behind continued advances in inclusion, integration, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. However, “policy…

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