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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…
March 19, 2019 | Keri Lipperini, MPA, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs
When you give your body the nutrients it needs, you take a key step to staying healthy, active, and independent. Good nutrition not only helps you feel better but can also help ward off chronic disease and help you recover faster from acute illness. On the other hand, inadequate nutrition…
March 15, 2019 | ACL Staff
HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and ACL Administrator Lance Robertson arrived at the Walter Reed Community and Senior Center in Arlington, VA just before lunch time, and the center was full of activity. Top: Two older adults play pool at the Walter Reed Center. Middle: HHS Deputy Secretary…
March 6, 2019 | Julie Hocker, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
At ACL, we believe that people of all ages, with and without disabilities should be able to live, grow, learn, and work side by side. Community living makes all of us, and our shared future, stronger. Our mission is to make it possible for all people. To that end, we administer programs that…

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