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. 

September 2, 2020
Kansas Public Radio (September 2) Kansas Disability Services Were Supposed to Get a Boost, but the Pandemic Changed That
September 2, 2020
The New York Times (9/2, Rabin) reports, “International clinical trials published on Wednesday confirm the hope that cheap, widely available steroid drugs can help seriously ill patients survive” COVID-19.
September 2, 2020
  New York Times (September 2) For Successful Aging, Pick up the Pace or Mix It Up Older people who cycled for exercise walked more efficiently than people whose primary exercise is placid walking.
September 1, 2020
NPR (9/1, Hamilton) reports on the challenges and benefits of distance learning for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) “and other learning disabilities.” For some children, not being “around peers” can make it “easier to focus.” For other youngsters, however, distractions in the home make distance learning much more difficult, and lack of peer
September 1, 2020
Disability Scoop (9/1, Wiley) reports that many families in California “are bracing for months if not years of educating their medically fragile kids at home,” with some arguing they “won’t send their kids to class until there’s a widely available vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.” Currently, the California Department of Education does not have statewide numbers to show
September 1, 2020
The Washington Post (9/1, Flynn) reports, “For vision-impaired voters in Virginia, there was no easy way to vote.” These residents “would either have to risk their health to vote in person, or forgo voter privacy by asking someone to fill in the blanks on their mail-in ballot forms.” But after the disAbility Law Center of Virginia “and several other groups advocating for
September 1, 2020
The Detroit News (September 1) Developmentally disabled hit hard with pandemic job losses
September 1, 2020
Disability Scoop (9/1, Heasley) reports the Department of Education is “reminding schools and vocational rehabilitation agencies of their responsibility to work together to help students with disabilities transition to adulthood, even amid the pandemic.” In a letter this week to special education and rehabilitation administrators, department officials “said that while the
September 1, 2020
Disability Scoop (9/1, Teproff) reports on how the advocacy group Disability Rights Florida is working to reform the “guardianship” laws of the state “by promoting a mechanism known as supported decision-making.” Under Florida law, residents under guardianship cannot legally vote, make large purchases, or make travel plans outside the state.
August 31, 2020
Nursing Homes Aim To Balance Protecting Public Health Amid Pandemic With Securing Residents’ Right To Vote. ABC News (8/31, Freger) reports that “with strict limits still in place on the ability of elderly residents to leave facilities, and prohibitions on friends and relatives coming inside, the looming 2020 elections are presenting the nation’s 15,000 nursing

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