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July 25, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Today we 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 aging of…
July 11, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
A message from Kathy Greenlee to our colleagues in the aging and disability networks Dear colleagues, Earlier today, I shared the news with my staff that I will be leaving ACL at the end of July. Edwin Walker, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume the roles…
July 7, 2016 | Kathleen Votava, Office of Regional Operations, Administration for Community Living
As summer is upon us, this is an important reminder regarding planning for and responding to periods of extreme heat. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care. Whether you are an older adult, an individual with a disability, or a family member caring for a loved one with functional…
July 5, 2016 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Administration on Disabilities Commissioner Aaron Bishop, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, University of Missouri—Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton, and UMKC Institute for Human Development Director Carl Calkins kick off a discussion with Kansas City community leaders on disability, diversity, and…
June 22, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
Seventeen years ago today, the Supreme Court decided in Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. This landmark decision is at the core of…
June 22, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Today marks the 17th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision. In Olmstead v. L.C. the Court ruled that people who need assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing and walking cannot be unnecessarily segregated. They must receive services in the most…
June 20, 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…
June 17, 2016 | Megan Kirshbaum, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for parents with diverse disabilities and their families. Advancing the rights of parents with disabilities is included in the work of many programs within ACL, and TLG is one…
June 15, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
As we mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) today, I find myself reflecting on our amazing accomplishments these past several years, particularly because this is the last WEAAD I will commemorate in my capacity as Assistant Secretary for Aging. My national “perch” allows me to see the peaks…
May 31, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
This month at ACL we’ve been celebrating Older Americans Month by sharing trailblazer stories (and selfies). The stories and images that have come in from around the country tell a story about what it means to age at this particular moment in history. We all know that older adults are living…

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