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. 

November 1, 2021
The Washington Post (11/1, Lai) reports the return of in-person learning “has revived pre-pandemic difficulties and created new ones for some students with disabilities.” Many feel they have lost the flexibility of online classes, which has “brought them physical and mental distress – and the feeling that they’re being forgotten.” However, experts say universities are “finding ways to make learning more equitable,” and that the pandemic has given students with disabil
November 1, 2021
Disability Rights Advocates CEO Kathy Martinez writes at the Washington Post (11/1) that being able to vote “privately and independently, is fundamental to an equitable and inclusive democracy.” Martinez highlights examples of voting procedures that “clearly violated” the rights of voters with disabilities, and advocates for keeping expanded remote and absentee voting systems that were put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
October 30, 2021
The New York Times (10/30, Span) reported evaluating and selecting Medicare Advantage programs can provide significant savings and people who want advice can receive it from the “State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, the federally funded, free counseling service that helps Medicare beneficiaries find the coverage that’s best for them.” Still, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “for 2019, 71 percent of beneficiaries said they didn’t compare plans
October 30, 2021
The AP (10/30) reported New Mexico’s Health and Human Services department is awaiting approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid “to tap into a temporary funding stream to help end a 13-year wait faced by New Mexico families seeking services under a developmental disabilities program.” Agency officials “plan to move about 4,100 people off the waiting list and into services in the next two years,” which would require “funding of about $75 million a year.” Unde
October 29, 2021
Washington Post (October 29) Unpaid caregivers spend a quarter of their annual income providing help. A new caregiver tax credit was axed from Biden’s budget plan. Minority and young caregivers spend an even higher percentage of their annual income on caregiving.
October 29, 2021
Disability Scoop (10/19, Diament) reports the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee is seeking public comments as it works to update the Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
October 29, 2021
National Council on Disability (October 29) 2021 Progress Report: The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities NCD found that COVID-19 exacted a steep toll on certain populations of people with disabilities, and the events that unfolded during the pandemic, including measures to mitigate the spread, posed unique problems and barriers to people with disabilities in each of the report’s seven areas of focus.
October 29, 2021
MPR (October 29) Access for Minnesota voters with disabilities generally good—but problems persist
October 28, 2021
CNN (10/28, Sullivan) reports “President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the appointment of Sara Minkara as the US special adviser on international disability rights, filling a role that was created by former President Barack Obama and left vacant during the Trump administration.” She “will be positioned at the State Department and will be tasked with leading the US strategy to promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities internationally and across the d
October 28, 2021
Peer-Reviewed UK Study Confirms That Being Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Shortens Duration Of Infection, Reduces Risk Of Spread. ABC News (10/28, Joseph, Salzman) reports that “a new, peer-reviewed study from the UK, published Thursday, confirms the prior findings – that it’s possible to spread the delta variant while vaccinated” against COVID-19, “but being vaccinated shortens the duration of infection.” Authorities on the COVID-19 vaccine “said new research

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