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November 13, 2017 | By Greg Link, Director of the Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services
Stop for a minute and think about what it means to be a family caregiver. What comes to mind? Is it calling to check on a friend or loved one several times a week? Driving mom or dad to doctors’ appointments? Negotiating with a school about the individual education plan for a child with a…
November 9, 2017 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served in the military. It is a time to appreciate our veterans and all they have done to protect our country and make this world a better place.  As a veteran, this day is particularly meaningful to me. I am proud to have served in the U.S. Army, and…
November 7, 2017 | By Cynthia LaCounte, Director for the Office of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs
During Native American Heritage Month each November, we celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures, and important contributions of our nation’s first people. We recommit to honoring the nation’s responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives. At ACL, this means working with tribes to…
October 31, 2017 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) offers an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities and promote policies and practices that support disability employment. As part of our Profiles in Integrated Employment Blog Series…
October 31, 2017 |
As National Disability Employment Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to share the story of a worker with a disability who is making his voice heard as a self-advocate. Steven is a Washington, D.C. native who grew up with intellectual and learning disabilities, as well as mental health…
October 30, 2017 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and all month we've been celebrating the many contributions of workers with disabilities and highlighting some of our work to remove the barriers that often prevent people with disabilities from working. At ACL, we have a vibrant…
October 27, 2017 |
According to the National Core Indicators (2015-2016), people with disabilities want to work, and both state and federal policy emphasize work as a priority for public supports. However, only 14% of individuals served by state intellectual and developmental disability agencies work in individual…
October 23, 2017 | Kristi Hill, PhD, Deputy Director, National Institute of Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Last week, HHS presented its National Disability Employment Awareness Month Observance. I was enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities Melissa Ortiz and Michael Murray from the Office of Personnel Management. My…
October 19, 2017 | Hilary Dalin, Director of the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services
This week is National Retirement Savings Week and the occasion gives us an opportunity to highlight a success story. This story is how a 65-year old widow from Massachusetts was helped to recover her lost pension. One of our ACL grantees, The New England Pension Assistance Project helped this…
September 29, 2017 | Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging
On Sunday, we will join communities around the world in observing the International Day of Older Persons. October 1 was designated by the United Nations in 1990 to recognize the vital contributions of older people globally and to encourage member nations to thoughtfully address their increasingly…

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