ACL Blog

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…
September 29, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
On Saturday, we will join communities around the world in observing the International Day of Older Persons. October 1 was designated by the United Nations in 1990 to recognize the vital contributions of older people to the global community and to encourage member nations to thoughtfully address the…
September 29, 2016 | Rohmteen Mokhtari and Meredith Raymond, ACL Office of External Affairs
As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, we are reminded of the importance of making emergency planning efforts inclusive of people of all ages and abilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. ACL interviewed two disability community leaders…
September 28, 2016 | Holly Kellner Greuling RDN, National Nutritionist for the Administration on Aging
Senior Malnutrition in our country is an epidemic hiding in plain sight. It is estimated that almost 50 percent of older Americans are malnourished. During Malnutrition Awareness week let’s commit to ending this problem. Many inter-related factors can contribute to malnutrition. Some elderly…
September 26, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
The original Rehabilitation Act became law just before the First World War and little change was made to it over the next five decades. In contrast, the landmark legislation that passed in 1973 altered the course of history in fundamental ways. When the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 became law, I was…
September 12, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Each year in September we pause to honor our nation’s senior centers. The 2016 National Senior Center Month theme, Find Balance at Your Center!, highlights how senior centers are providing programs that focus on the whole person allowing seniors to live healthier lives and stay involved in their…
September 6, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
September 11 is National Grandparents Day. Since 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated as a day to pay tribute to our nation’s grandparents. Grandparents are our important connections to the past and they help to lay the groundwork for our futures. Like many Americans today, I…
August 18, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
It would be trite if it were not true. When Bob Perske died recently at nearly 88, he had accomplished far more than he ever would have allowed himself to believe. He made the world a better place. Through his words and deeds, he—along with his kindred spirit and wife Martha—made plain the everyday…
July 29, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Dear Friends of ACL: Today is my last day at the Administration for Community Living. Saying goodbye seems both necessary and unnecessary. Although I will leave my positions as Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, I will not disappear, and our paths may well cross again. As I leave…
July 28, 2016 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
Home and community-based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and older adults to receive services in their own home or community. On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule that sets forth new requirements for…

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