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. 

July 2, 2021
USA Today (7/2, Miranda) reported July is Disability Pride Month. It “is a chance to honor each person’s uniqueness as ‘a natural and beautiful part of human diversity,’ according to America’s Disability Community.” The article chronicled stories of individuals with disabilities and what this month means to them.
July 2, 2021
The Guardian (July 2) What happened when a ‘wildly irrational’ algorithm made crucial healthcare decisions
July 1, 2021
The Boston Globe (7/1, Preston) reports “loneliness has become ‘so much more prevalent and dire,’ says Caitlin Coyle, a research fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, who studies aging.” The Massachusetts Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community, “which Coyle co-directs...aims to connect seniors with their communities.” When COVID-19 “lockdowns made the kind of isolation seniors were already experiencing widespread across age groups, Coyle’s team
July 1, 2021
Scientific American (July 2021) It’s time to invest more in home-based care and nursing homes, increase workers’ pay, and improve oversight
July 1, 2021
More Than 70% Of Adult Population Vaccinated Against COVID-19 In Some States. US News & World Report (7/1, Hubbard) reports, “With President Joe Biden’s July 4 deadline fast approaching, his 70% partial vaccination goal for adults 18 and older remains just out of reach.” However, there are a few states that “have already met or exceeded the goal: Vermont, Massachusetts and Hawaii lead the nation with more than 80% of their adult populations having receiv
June 30, 2021
Stanford Social Innovation Reviews (June 30) How Funders Can Make Disability Visible Disability is a relatively untapped area of investment for philanthropy, but one that offers promise of change and multiple avenues for donor impact.
June 30, 2021
Business Insider (June 30) There’s a shortage of special-ed teachers in the U.S. Advocates say the system isn’t set up to support disabled educators when schools need them most.
June 30, 2021
NPR (6/30, Galewitz) reports that in much of the US, “there are too few workers” in the home healthcare field, and “the Maine home-based care program...has a waitlist 925 people long; those applicants sometimes lack help for months or years, according to officials in Maine.” Such a lack of help “leaves many people at increased risk of falls or not getting medical care and other dangers.” Leading Age CEO Katie Smith Sloan “says the workforce shortage is a nationwide di
June 30, 2021
BBC.com (June 30) Disabled people forgotten during COVID, BBC research reveals
June 25, 2021
USA Today (6/25, Puente) reported, “Now that Britney Spears has declared her loathing of her conservatorship to the world, family-law lawyers, disability activists, mental health professionals and others are hoping her impassioned plea will eventually echo in state legislatures throughout the country.” The article said Spears may get “what she says she wants: The probate judge in her case may say yes to her demand to be freed from the conservatorship that has controll

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