On May 9, 2019, ACL published an update to the agency's Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority in the Federal Register to reflect a reorganization of ACL, which took effect on May 2, 2019, and will be implemented by early August 2019.
This webpage will be updated to reflect the new organizational structure after implementation is complete.
We will not stand for people with disabilities and older adults loosing the right to choice where they want to live and with whom. We have worked for years to achieve the community living for our daughter and others with disabilities that is the embodiment of the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision of 1999. Nursing homes and other institutions do not have a right to preserve their business model at the expense of people. We demand that the ACL continue to support community-based services instead of institutional care.
Thank you for your comment and for the opportunity to address your concerns.
The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is the very core our mission at ACL, and that has not changed. Our programs also have not changed. Please be assured that ACL wholeheartedly believes that our communities are stronger with a diversity of people, abilities, and perspectives, and we all miss out when community living is out of reach. We believe community living should always be the expectation, and we remain absolutely committed to making it possible for all.
Do not allow older adults and people with disabilities to be force back into institutions. Whatever changes you make need to be better for these populations, not worse, from the perspective of these populations and the people who care for them.
Please know that nothing about this reorganization changes our programs, the mission they serve, or our commitment to making community living possible for all.
The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is at the very core our mission at ACL, and we wholeheartedly believes that our communities are stronger with a diversity of people, abilities, and perspectives. We believe community living should always be the expectation.
So, where is your statement. It should be easily accessible on your site. Can't find it. What's up?
The updated Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority for ACL is published on the Federal Register website.
(This notice references our last update, published in 2015, which also is published on the Federal Register website.)
Including people with disabilities in their communities is a benefit to them and everyone else. Please use taxpayer money wisely. Support employment and life in the community for people with disabilities. We all win that way.
We wholeheartedly agree. Our communities are stronger when people of all ages, with and without disabilities, live, grow, learn, work, are valued and create a better shared future together.
We believe that community living should always be the expectation, and we are absolutely committed to making it possible for everyone.