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September 30, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this policy round up:  ICYMI: ACL Expands DIAL to include self-service features  Input needed  Department of Justice proposed rule to strengthen web and mobile app access for people with disabilities (due Oct. 3)  Proposed rules to strengthen Mental Health Parity…
September 26, 2023 | Anjali Forber-Pratt, Director of ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
In 1978, what is now the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) was created by an amendment to the Rehab Act. While our name has changed a few times in the years since, our basic purpose and reason for being has remained the same. NIDILRR funds…
September 26, 2023 | Alison Barkoff
Performing the duties of ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging  When most people think about disability rights, the law that probably comes to mind is the Americans with Disabilities Act. And with good reason — the passage of the ADA was an important milestone in our nation’s…
September 26, 2023 | Jill Jacobs, Commissioner of ACL’s Administration on Disabilities
The independent living (IL) movement and the Rehab Act are inextricably linked. It was the IL movement that drove the signing of the law and the initial regulations to implement it, and the law that created ACL’s independent living programs. The Rehab Act is as powerful — and as important to…
September 22, 2023 | Judy Simon, ACL National Nutritionist
Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM (September 18-22 this year) is designed to educate professionals and consumers about how to identify and address malnutrition — a health condition caused by not getting enough nutrients from foods. The consequences of malnutrition can be dire, especially for older…
September 14, 2023 | Laura Shannonhouse, Erika LeBlanc, Matthew Fullen
A Guest Post for Suicide Prevention Month Even though older adults are the most at-risk age group for suicide, they’re the least likely to get the services to prevent suicide. Home and community-based service providers, like the nutrition programs funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA), are…
September 7, 2023 | Alison Barkoff
Performing the duties of ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging  Earlier today, Alison Barkoff joined HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, pictured here, OCR Director Melanie Fontes Rainer, and President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities Maria Town for a…
August 11, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round-Up: Input Needed Comments Due Today: Medicare Coverage for PrEP Child Care and Development Fund Proposed Rule CMS Seeking Comments on Accessing Home Health Aide Services HHS Proposed Rule to Advance LGBTQI+ Non-Discrimination in HHS Programs Updates on…
July 28, 2023 | Vicki Gottlich, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Evaluation
In this Policy Round-Up: Coming soon: Proposed rule to improve online accessibility. Comments due Monday: Increasing access to school-based Medicaid services: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education are working together to increase access…
July 26, 2023 | Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Alison Barkoff
Thirty-three years ago today, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, establishing the civil right of people with disabilities to live, work, and fully participate in their communities. Rightly celebrated as a landmark victory in the disability rights movement, its passage…

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