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September 12, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
Each year in September we pause to honor our nation’s senior centers. The 2016 National Senior Center Month theme, Find Balance at Your Center!, highlights how senior centers are providing programs that focus on the whole person allowing seniors to live healthier lives and stay involved in their…
September 6, 2016 | Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
September 11 is National Grandparents Day. Since 1978, the first Sunday after Labor Day has been designated as a day to pay tribute to our nation’s grandparents. Grandparents are our important connections to the past and they help to lay the groundwork for our futures. Like many Americans today, I…
August 18, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
It would be trite if it were not true. When Bob Perske died recently at nearly 88, he had accomplished far more than he ever would have allowed himself to believe. He made the world a better place. Through his words and deeds, he—along with his kindred spirit and wife Martha—made plain the everyday…
July 29, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Dear Friends of ACL: Today is my last day at the Administration for Community Living. Saying goodbye seems both necessary and unnecessary. Although I will leave my positions as Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, I will not disappear, and our paths may well cross again. As I leave…
July 28, 2016 | 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. On January 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a final rule that sets forth new requirements for…
July 25, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Today we 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 to the global community and to encourage member nations to thoughtfully address the aging of…
July 11, 2016 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
A message from Kathy Greenlee to our colleagues in the aging and disability networks Dear colleagues, Earlier today, I shared the news with my staff that I will be leaving ACL at the end of July. Edwin Walker, who currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, will assume the roles…
July 7, 2016 | Kathleen Votava, Office of Regional Operations, Administration for Community Living
As summer is upon us, this is an important reminder regarding planning for and responding to periods of extreme heat. It is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care. Whether you are an older adult, an individual with a disability, or a family member caring for a loved one with functional…
July 5, 2016 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
Administration on Disabilities Commissioner Aaron Bishop, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, University of Missouri—Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton, and UMKC Institute for Human Development Director Carl Calkins kick off a discussion with Kansas City community leaders on disability, diversity, and…
June 22, 2016 | Bob Williams, Director – Independent Living Administration and Deputy Director – Administration on Disabilities
Seventeen years ago today, the Supreme Court decided in Olmstead v. L.C. (Olmstead) that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. This landmark decision is at the core of…

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