In the News

In the News is a collection of news stories about aging and disability issues, as well as news stories about ACL and ACL programs.

All of these links ultimately take you to external news websites. The information in the articles does not necessarily reflect the positions of ACL or the federal government, and ACL does not endorse the content of the articles or the publishing organizations. 

December 9, 2019
Disability Scoop (12/9, Heasley) reports “federal officials say that” Oregon “has agreed to change its ways after child welfare workers sought to remove children from their mom and dad allegedly because of the parents’ low IQs.” The federal “Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights said it has reached a voluntary resolution agreement with the Oregon
December 8, 2019
The New York Daily News (12/9, Hahn) reports that many institutions of higher education “are unwittingly failing people during the admissions process when it comes to considering neurodiversity,” including “people on the autism spectrum as well as those with dyslexia or ADHD.” The article adds, “A study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found p
December 8, 2019
The New York Times (12/8, A25, Petersen) reported on “several new psychotherapies to treat anxiety and depression in people with cognitive impairments, including early to moderate dementia.” Two examples highlighted in the article were Problem Adaptation Therapy, or PATH, which “focuses on solving tangible problems that fuel feelings of sadness and hopelessness,” and the P
December 8, 2019
Crain’s Chicago Business (December 8) Let’s not be silent around disability. It’s an asset. Disability is a natural part of the human experience. Yet making disability a natural and needed perspective in the workplace isn’t. Not only is it a shame, it’s a bad business decision.  
December 8, 2019
Star Tribune (December 8) ‘Hidden in the Shadows’ In Minnesota, the bulk of funding for people with disabilities goes to group homes. These facilities often fail to deliver promised care, isolating residents from community.
December 7, 2019
Washington Post (December 7) The long wait: For years, she’s been hoping to move into a house that will meet her son’s disability needs
December 7, 2019
Modern Healthcare (12/7, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reported, “Healthcare organizations must go beyond pilot programs to truly meet the social needs of vulnerable patients, said leaders speaking Dec.
December 7, 2019
Discover Magazine (12/7, Orlando) reported that changes in the brain caused by Alzheimer’s “can interfere with a patient’s circadian rhythm, the daily cycle that helps determine someone’s sleep patterns.” National Institute on Aging Program Director John Hsiao said, “We’re learning more about the relationships between Alzheimer’s, circadian rhythms, sleep and the brain.”
December 7, 2019
In commentary for the New York Times (12/7), writer and illustrator Frankie Huang recounted how his grandmother, Laolao, was manipulated by a scammer who stole her life savings. Huang wrote, “The scammers convinced Laolao that they were an elite government task force trying to bust an international crime ring, and they needed her help.
December 6, 2019
Bloomberg Law (12/6, Pugh, Subscription Publication) reported that “home health agencies are bracing for a new Medicare payment system that will sort out winners and losers as the agency drastically alters the way it distributes nearly $18 billion in reimbursements a year.” Starting “in January, fee-for-service Medicare switches to a payment system for home health agencies

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