ACL Blog

April 17, 2015 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
The importance of rigorous data collection to inform international development programs aimed at empowering women and girls can hardly be overstated. For these efforts to be successful, however, all women and girls, regardless of age or ability, must be included. This week, reporting by the…
April 16, 2015 | Ophelia McLain, DHA, Director, Office of Innovation, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell highlighted the importance of addressing racial and ethnic health disparities on the HHS blog. In Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities, Secretary Burwell began by noting that April is National Minority Health…
April 13, 2015 |
On Sunday, April 12, Dateline NBC presented an hour-long special on the experiences of two young adults with autism as they turned 21 and lost their eligibility for school-based services and supports. The program vividly illustrates the challenges adolescents with autism and other developmental…
March 30, 2015 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
This post was published March 2015, please see below for an update from March 2016. As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.…
March 6, 2015 |
Each March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month® to highlight the importance of proper nutrition in promoting wellness. Along with promoting physical health and well-being, ACL’s nutrition program creates a positive ripple effect on the personal and social lives of older people. Keith, a 94-year…
January 28, 2015 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities|Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
For many years, state courts have routinely assigned guardians to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they became adults. Older adults with dementia-related disorders also frequently have been assigned guardians. The trouble with guardianship is that it is a legal process. A…
November 24, 2014 |
By Vicki Gottlich, Director of the Center for Policy and Evaluation, Administration for Community Living Medicare Open Enrollment season is a time when Medicare beneficiaries can review their policies to make sure their medical care—fee-for-service or managed care—and their pharmacy plans are…
November 3, 2014 |
Protecting the Voting Rights of People with Disabilities In this blog, we feature a conversation about voting rights for people with disabilities between Commissioner Aaron Bishop, of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and Melvenia Wright, a program…
October 31, 2014 |
By Bonnie Brandl, Director of the National Clearinghouse for Abuse in Later Life This week, the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) hosted their annual conference, which brought together hundreds of APS workers and other professionals from a variety of disciplines to address the…
October 29, 2014 |
As Sharon Lewis, deputy administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), noted in her Disability Employment Awareness Month blog post earlier this month, working is about more than earning a paycheck. It gives purpose and structure to our lives. In the late 1990s, the Medicaid Buy-…

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