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 6, 2020
The AP (5/6, Whitehurst) reports that “for millions of disabled people and their families, the coronavirus crisis has piled on new difficulties and ramped up those that already existed.” According to the AP, “many are immunocompromised and therefore more vulnerable to infection, but terrified of new coronavirus-era hospital guidelines they fear could put them at risk.” On
May 6, 2020
The AP (5/6) reports UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “said Wednesday the world’s 1 billion people living with disabilities are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus and called for them to have equal access to prevention and treatment of COVID-19.” He “said the pandemic is revealing the extent to which people are marginalized and is intensifying the inequalities t
May 5, 2020
PA Post (May 5) ‘They’re the front lines’: Staff care for adults with disabilities amid pandemic funding challenges
May 5, 2020
The Washington Post (5/5, Janes) reports a significant cross-section of Americans has faced a dilemma in the weeks since the pandemic has begun, “forced to choose between isolating themselves against contracting a potentially fatal disease and continuing to receive the much-needed help of home health workers.” Some aides providing this care are regulated by Medicare while
May 5, 2020
Disability Scoop (5/5, Heasley) reports federal officials “say they are doubling down on efforts to root out discrimination against people with disabilities and other groups while the nation contends with coronavirus.” The Justice Department “said in a [newly-released] statement that those with disabilities should be on guard for discrimination that may arise in a host of
May 5, 2020
The Los Angeles Times (5/5, Reyes) reports on recent interviews with a number of adults with autism who “say that although the pandemic can be especially stressful for people on the spectrum, many are practiced in dealing with the challenges – social isolation, disrupted routines, economic strain – that are now affecting the general populations.” They also “hope that thos
May 5, 2020
EurekAlert (May 5) Grandfamilies: New study uncovers common themes and challenges in kinship care George Mason University study provides framework to help social workers and other practitioners develop best practices for working with growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren who could be at greater risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 5, 2020
Disability Scoop (5/5, Moreno) reports many parents of students that require special education services are facing unique challenges during the school closures as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, many special education teachers are working on how to provide quality care during the shutdown while still addressing the unique needs of students.
May 4, 2020
About One-Fifth Of All US COVID-19-Related Deaths Tied To Nursing Home Outbreaks. Bloomberg (5/4, Sherman) reports, “Among the 670 licensed long-term care facilities in New Jersey, at least 508 have witnessed outbreaks, with 3,733 deaths, close to half of all Covid-19 deaths in the state.” In addition, “about one-fifth of all Americans who have died from the vir

Last modified on 05/21/2020


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