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. 

February 7, 2020
The Next Avenue (2/7, Hannon) reported that “a novel, little-known government funding program from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)” is helping “entrepreneurs to raise money to develop products and services.” Next Avenue added, “The NIA’s Small Business Innovation Research Fund (SBIR) is aimed squarely at offering a hand to these kinds of startups.
February 6, 2020
Healio (February 6) Family caregivers of older adults lack support from health care workers
February 6, 2020
Disability Scoop (2/6, Elsen) reports a group of parents has filed a class-action lawsuit against New York City and state education departments over the lack of applied behavior analysis in city preschools and elementary schools, which they claim “violates federal special education law.” Officials with the New York City Education Department “acknowledged they don’t include
February 6, 2020
The Hill (2/6, Budryk) reports an analysis “from the ANCOR Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)” showed that “the number of workers with intellectu
February 6, 2020
HealthLine (February 6) When a Physical Disability Keeps You from Getting Mental Health Help Depression and suicidal ideation are more likely among people with disabilities due to factors like abuse, isolation, and stressors related to poverty, among others.
February 6, 2020
KSTP (February 6) ‘Exploiting Trust’: Minnesota’s senior citizens are financially abused by family members at alarming rate Senior citizens in Minnesota are being financially abused and exploited at an alarming rate by their own family members. 5 INVESTIGATES analyzed court records in 232 cases involving financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and found the suspect was related to the victim in two-thirds of all cases.
February 6, 2020
The AP (2/6) reports that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) on Wednesday signed a bill that would give those in the state with physical disabilities the ability “to vote through electronic absentee ballots.” The bill “directs the secretary of state to create a system where disabled people who can’t vote in-person could instead cast their ballots electronically.”
February 6, 2020
Slate (2/6, Givens) reports that research indicates that Facebook’s hiring algorithm, which “analyzes facial movements and tone of voice to assess job candidates’ video interviews,” works by showing “users job ads based on inferences about their gender and race.” Policy-makers have responded to instances of alleged algorithmic bias, but Slate says these algorithms’ impact
February 6, 2020
WKBW (February 6) More than half of the nursing homes aren’t complying with Ruthie’s Law. Do they have to?
February 5, 2020
U.S. News & World Report (2/5, Newman) reports that natural disasters such as flooding, wildfires and other calamities, including vaping-related lung injuries, last year underscored “the need for states and localities to have public health safeguards at the ready,” according to a new report.

Last modified on 02/20/2019


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