ACL Blog

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 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 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…
September 4, 2015 | Kathleen Otte, Regional Administrator, Regions I and II, Administration for Community Living
Photo by Infrogmation / GFDL or CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons Ten years ago this week, the world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, leaving a trail of devastation and human suffering in its path. The storm’s powerful winds, storm surge, and flooding destroyed…
August 3, 2015 | Marty Exline, Director, Missouri Assistive Technology
As the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ACL blog is featuring guest posts from leaders in the disability community. It is hard to believe that the ADA is turning 25! We’ve seen such amazing changes in those 25 years; it's not easy to fully…
July 31, 2015 |
This summer, ACL was named a winner in the HHS Innovates awards for its efforts to link health care and community services. The awards recognize creative solutions developed by HHS employees in response to some of the nation’s most challenging problems in health, health care and government. Marisa…
July 30, 2015 |
This month has been a whirlwind of exciting activity and announcements for the Administration on Aging and the Administration for Community Living as a whole. We celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Older Americans Act and Medicare and Medicaid and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with…

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