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November 7, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
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…
November 3, 2016 | 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. This right also is not diminished by illness. People who have advanced illnesses should have control over their care and services. For a person…
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. In November, we observe Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate valuable tribal traditions and…
October 31, 2016 | Jennifer Johnson, 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). At the time, people with developmental disabilities (DD) faced exclusion from many spheres of public and…
October 28, 2016 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
In 1999 Congress passed groundbreaking legislation which broke down barriers to employment for people with disabilities. In addition to providing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) beneficiaries with a range of new and improved options related to…
October 27, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
This post also appears on the HHS Blog. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a workforce that includes their skills and talents. Inclusive workplaces—where people with diverse talents,…
October 27, 2016 |
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a diverse workforce that includes the skills and talents they bring. Read an NDEAM message from Acting ACL Administrator Edwin Walker.…
October 26, 2016 | Annette Shea, Administration for Community Living Program Specialist
Throughout the past year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has shared profiles and promising practices from employment service providers working with people with disabilities across the country. Many of the providers described their experiences transitioning from a sheltered workshop…
October 26, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
I am pleased to announce that today ACL’s final rule for Independent Living (IL) programs went on display in the Federal Register. This final rule clarifies the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for Centers for…
September 29, 2016 | Rohmteen Mokhtari and Meredith Raymond, ACL Office of External Affairs
As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, we are reminded of the importance of making emergency planning efforts inclusive of people of all ages and abilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. ACL interviewed two disability community leaders…

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