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November 23, 2015 | Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, Administration for Community Living
Each November, we recognize family caregivers for all they do to ensure the health, safety, and dignity of the people they care for. Family caregivers are the social and economic underpinning of America's long-term care system. Without them, the burden of providing care likely would fall upon the…
November 11, 2015 | Lori Gerhard, Director, Office of Consumer Access & Self Determination, ACL
Today the country pauses to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. ACL believes that one of the best ways of honoring their service is helping veterans remain in their own homes and communities throughout their lives. To that end, ACL provides an array of home and community-…
October 30, 2015 | 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…
October 30, 2015 | Larissa Crossen, Program Specialist, Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the contributions that individuals with disabilities make to our workforce. AIDD has long recognized the importance of employment expectations and opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental…
October 27, 2015 | Wanda Willis, Executive Director, Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Ann Eubank, Executive Director, Tennessee Statewide Independent Living Council
On September 15, 2015, Commissioner Aaron Bishop and Administration on Disabilities staff Jamie Kendall, Jennifer Johnson, and Ophelia McLain attended a day-long workshop with Tennessee’s Independent Living and Developmental Disabilities Networks. We asked Council on Developmental Disabilities…
October 27, 2015 |
A Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report indicated an employment rate of less than 26% for people with disabilities, a decrease of 4.5% over the last year. As this report was released during National Disability Employment Awareness Month, it is a unique opportunity to discuss avenues to promote…
October 8, 2015 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Last week, I joined colleagues from the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development as part of the U.S. Delegation to the 70th United Nations General Assembly. At the meeting, more than 150 world leaders came together at a Sustainable Development Summit and formally adopted a…
September 17, 2015 | Mary Beth Bruder,, Ph.D., Director of the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service and Michael J. Guralnick, Ph.D., Director, Center on Human Development and Disability University of Washington
Editor's note: This week the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. In this guest post, two directors…
September 11, 2015 | Jim Macrae, Acting Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Transition is coming to the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program, which is moving from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Administration for Community Living (ACL). For nearly 20 years, HRSA has administered this program to providing services to thousands of individuals…
September 10, 2015 | Kana Enomoto, M.A., Acting Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center and Vice President, Education Development Center, Inc. Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
Suicide takes a tremendous toll on older adults, particularly men over the age of 65. Yet the number of older adults in the United States is growing. Nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. The good news is that there are more than 11,000 senior centers that offer a wide range of services and…

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