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.

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January 15, 2021
Disability Scoop (1/15, Heasley) reports a new survey of thousands of families of people with autism “finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted symptoms of the developmental disorder to worsen and [caused a] ‘significant, ongoing disruption to therapies.’” More than 3,500 parents and caregivers for peop
January 15, 2021
Disability Scoop (1/15) reports the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights “is investigating Seattle Public Schools after hearing ‘disturbing reports’ about how the district handled special education during the pandemic.” In a letter sent to Superintendent Denise Juneau, “department officials cite
January 14, 2021
Bloomberg Law (1/14, Stein, Subscription Publication) reports physicians “and other health-care providers can no longer prioritize patients without disabilities during emergencies like Covid-19 in two states and the Indian Health Service, the HHS said Thursday.” The department’s “Office for Civil Rights has
January 14, 2021
KSTP (January 14) Disability service providers plead for Minnesota lawmakers’ help to stay open Disability service providers are calling on Minnesota lawmakers for help, saying they are at risk of permanently closing due to financial challenges related to the pandemic.
January 14, 2021
Disability Scoop (1/14, Diament) reports, “Federal funding to support respite care for families of those with disabilities and other special needs will increase dramatically under” the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act, which President Trump signed this month.
January 14, 2021
Jonathan Stein and David Weaver write in a New York Times (1/14) op-ed that the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program has in many ways “collapsed during the pandemic,” causing the “erosion of a critical income lifeline” for Americans with disabilities, as well as older Americans.
January 14, 2021
Kaiser Health News (January 14) Patterns in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities in 2020 In the recent months, the US has experienced record-breaking highs of new coronavirus case
January 14, 2021
Kaiser Health News (January 14)
January 13, 2021
Daily Beast (January 13) The Absurd Ways Desperate Old People Are Getting Vaccines Left to beg their younger relatives—or random strangers—for help, older Americans say the rollout is going even worse than you think.  
January 13, 2021
The AP (1/13) reports, “When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation, the latest self-reported results in an ongoing study suggest.” The most recent “data from the National Social Life,

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