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. 

May 12, 2020
Disability Scoop (5/12, Giammarise,) reports agencies “that serve individuals with disabilities are facing numerous challenges – both in terms of trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep their residents and staff safe – as well as dealing with the emotional hardships of lost routines and being unable to see family in-person, said Carol Ferenz, director of the IDD di
May 12, 2020
Disability Scoop (5/12, Heasley) reports dogs and cats “may help relieve stress for families of children with autism, researchers say.” A study “looking at the experiences of 764 families with children on the spectrum finds that having a dog or cat is associated with lower stress for both kids with autism and their parents.” Lead study author Gretchen Carlisle said, “As p
May 12, 2020
DCist (May 12) DC’s Intellectually Disabled residents Face High Rates of Infection, And Their Caretakers Are Stretched Thin New reporting of coronavirus infections has revealed high rates of COVD-19 among D.C.’s intellectually disabled — and an ongoing staffing crisis among the people who care for them.
May 11, 2020
Pennsylvania AG Pursues Criminal Investigations Into Several Nursing Homes. The AP (5/12, Scolforo) reports, “Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor has opened criminal investigations into several nursing homes amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 2,600 residents of nursing homes and other facilities that care for older adults, more than two-thirds of the state’s
May 11, 2020
CNN (5/11, Fox) reports that the “first US study of autism in adults estimates that 2.2% of [American] adults have an autism spectrum” disorder, totaling “5.4 million people age 18 and older, or about 1 in 45 people, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.” The CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities said, “This is the
May 11, 2020
Stateline (May 11) Hospice Care Continues—Without the Human Touch
May 11, 2020
Washington Post (May 11) Adult children pay the price of keeping aging parents at home Maintaining home ownership preserves wealth and independence for elderly parents, but work and worries mount for the next generation.
May 11, 2020
National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (May 11) The Essential Service Podcast featuring ACL Administrator Lance Robertson
May 11, 2020
Shannon Des Roches Rosa, an editor for the website ThinkingAutismGuide.com, writes in the Washington Post (5/11) that some individuals, like her son, are not able to wear masks due to their own unique circumstances of neurology and individual health situations.

Last modified on 05/21/2020


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