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January 19, 2017 | John Tschida, NIDILRR Director until Jan. 19, 2017
Dear Friends and Colleagues, As my service as Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) comes to a close, I wanted to thank you for your support and engagement in our work. NIDILRR’s mission, to generate new knowledge and promote…
January 13, 2017 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you may know, with the upcoming transition my service as Commissioner of the Administration for Disabilities will soon be coming to an end. It has been a true honor to serve at the Administration for Community Living for nearly four years. In recent days, I’ve been…
November 7, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Family caregivers are the backbone of America’s long-term care system and are often referred to as selfless, tireless and courageous. Stepping in to provide care for a friend or loved one can be a rewarding and uplifting experience and reflects the very best in human nature. While family caregivers…
November 3, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
At ACL, we believe that every person has the right to make choices and to control their own decisions. This right is independent of age or disability. This right also is not diminished by illness. People who have advanced illnesses should have control over their care and services. For a person…
November 1, 2016 | Cynthia LaCounte, ACL/AOA Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian Programs
This post tells the personal story of Cynthia LaCounte, about how her grandmother, a tribal elder of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, prepared her to work on aging programs. In November, we observe Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate valuable tribal traditions and…
October 31, 2016 | Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Director, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Fifty three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed a historic piece of legislation that we now know as the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). At the time, people with developmental disabilities (DD) faced exclusion from many spheres of public and…
October 28, 2016 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
In 1999 Congress passed groundbreaking legislation which broke down barriers to employment for people with disabilities. In addition to providing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) beneficiaries with a range of new and improved options related to…
October 27, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
This post also appears on the HHS Blog. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a workforce that includes their skills and talents. Inclusive workplaces—where people with diverse talents,…
October 27, 2016 |
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a diverse workforce that includes the skills and talents they bring. Read an NDEAM message from Acting ACL Administrator Edwin Walker.…
October 26, 2016 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
Throughout the past year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has shared profiles and promising practices from employment service providers working with people with disabilities across the country. Many of the providers described their experiences transitioning from a sheltered workshop…

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