ACL Blog

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…
October 1, 2019 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
The United Nations designates October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.  This year’s theme—The Journey to Age Equality—focuses on pathways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality. It is aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda, Goal 10 which is designed to ensure equal…
September 27, 2019 | By Rebecca Kinney, Acting Director, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling, ACL
Over the past few years, DNA tests have become popular across the country. Unfortunately unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the buzz around these tests to scam Medicare beneficiaries. Scammers will often target Medicare beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public events,…
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
    Update To This Blog, September 30, 2019 (this update authored by Keri Lipperini, Director, Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs) On September 26th, ACL visited one of our Falls Prevention Program grantees making a positive difference in the community! Marymount University, and…
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…

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