ACL Blog

June 22, 2017 | Melissa Ortiz, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Eighteen years ago today, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in the case Olmstead v. L.C. The court ruled that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible.
June 15, 2017 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living
Today, we join communities around the world coming together to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and shine a light on
May 2, 2017 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Since 1963, OAM has celebrated the nation’s older citizens each May. But it’s more than a celebration—OAM is at the pulse of important trends and aging issues.
January 23, 2017 | Bob Williams, Acting Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities, and Director, Independent Living Administration
Ed Roberts, through his words, actions, and life, continues to demonstrate that the independence, freedom and equality of people with disabilities of every age, race and circumstance—indeed of all people—is interdependent on our vigilance and resilience in working together to achieve these aims. I hope and trust this is a day of celebration, renewal, and commitment.  
January 19, 2017 | John Tschida, NIDILRR Director until Jan. 19, 2017
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
January 13, 2017 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Dear Friends and Colleagues: As you may know, with the upcoming transition my service as Commissioner of the Administration for Disabilities will soon be coming to an end. It has been a true honor to serve at the Administration for Community Living for nearly four years.
November 7, 2016 | Edwin L. Walker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging and Acting Administrator, Administration for Community Living
Family caregivers are the backbone of America’s long-term care system and are often referred to as selfless, tireless and courageous. Stepping in to provide care for a friend or loved one can be a rewarding and uplifting experience and reflects the very best in human nature. While family caregivers are all these things and more, they are human nonetheless.
November 3, 2016 | Edwin L. Walker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging, and Acting Administrator, Administration for Community Living
At ACL, we believe that every person has the right to make choices and to control their own decisions. This right is independent of age or disability. This right also is not diminished by illness. People who have advanced illnesses should have control over their care and services.
November 1, 2016 | Cynthia LaCounte, ACL/AOA Director of the Office for American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian Programs
This post tells the personal story of Cynthia LaCounte, about how her grandmother, a tribal elder of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota, prepared her to work on aging programs.
October 31, 2016 | Jennifer G. Johnson, Ed.D., Deputy Director, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Fifty three years ago today, President John F. Kennedy signed a historic piece of legislation that we now know as the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act).