ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will celebrate its 40th Anniversary today (Thursday, October 18) from 1 to 5pm ET, in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. The event will be available via live stream beginning at 1pm ET.
NIDILRR’s mission is to generate new knowledge and to promote its effective use to improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities to perform activities of their choice in the community, and to expand society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities. Work supported by NIDILRR has led to accessible transportation options, universal design, website accessibility, assistive technologies, and much more.
Alex M. Azar, II, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Community Living Administrator Lance Robertson, Principal Deputy Administrator Mary Lazare, and many others will give remarks. The event will include comments and historical perspectives from current and former directors and staff, research highlights from current Switzer Fellows, and guest speakers from the NIDILRR grantee community. It will also feature 60 scientific research posters describing the work of grantees.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) was created around the fundamental principle that all people, regardless of age or disability, should be able to live independently and fully participate in their communities. By advocating across the federal government for older adults, people with disabilities, and families and caregivers; funding services and supports provided by primarily by networks of community-based organizations; and investing in training, education, research and innovation, ACL helps makes this principle a reality for millions of Americans.