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ACL Blog 2015

November 23, 2015 | Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
Each November, we recognize family caregivers for all they do to ensure the health, safety, and dignity of the people they care for. Family caregivers are the social and economic underpinning of America's long-term care system.
November 11, 2015 | Lori Gerhard, Director, Office of Consumer Access & Self Determination, ACL
Today the country pauses to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. ACL believes that one of the best ways of honoring their service is helping veterans remain in their own homes and communities throughout their lives.
October 30, 2015 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
Home and community-based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities and older adults to receive services in their own home or community.
October 30, 2015 | Larissa Crossen, Program Specialist, Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions that individuals with disabilities make to our workforce. AIDD has long recognized the importance of employment expectations and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
A Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report indicated an employment rate of less than 26% for people with disabilities, a decrease of 4.5% over the last year.
October 27, 2015 | Wanda Willis, Executive Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Ann Eubank, Executive Director, Tennessee Statewide Independent Living Council
On September 15, 2015, Commissioner Aaron Bishop and Administration on Disabilities staff Jamie Kendall, Jennifer Johnson, and Ophelia McLain attended a day-long workshop with Tennessee’s Independent Living and Developmental Disabilities Networks.
September 17, 2015 | Mary Beth Bruder,, Ph.D., Director of the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service and Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D., Director, Center on Human Development and Disability University of Washington
Editor's note: This week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs.
September 11, 2015 | Jim Macrae, Acting Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Transition is coming to the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program, which is moving from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
September 10, 2015 | Kana Enomoto, M.A., Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center and Vice President, Education Development Center, Inc.
Suicide takes a tremendous toll on older adults, particularly men over the age of 65. Yet the number of older adults in the United States is growing. Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day.

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