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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 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 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…
September 6, 2017 | Originally published by ACL's National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). 
September is Pain Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Chronic Pain Association. Millions of Americans live with pain from injuries, autoimmune and inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other disabilities. Pain can be acute, with a beginning and end, or it can be chronic and may last through a…
September 5, 2017 | Kathleen Votava, Aging Services Program Specialist at ACL
September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that emergencies like this can cause, it is a timely moment to remind everyone to make their emergency preparedness plans and to also share…
September 1, 2017 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities|Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
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 or stage of illness.  To help ensure that people who have serious illnesses are able to control their care and services, ACL, in consultation with its…

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