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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…
July 28, 2015 | Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Jocelyn Samuels, Director, Office for Civil Rights
This post was originally published on the HHS Blog. Twenty five years ago this week, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, making clear that people with disabilities should experience equal opportunity, independent living, economic self-sufficiency, and full participation…
July 28, 2015 | Curt Decker, Executive Director, National Disability Rights Network
As the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week, ACL continues our guest blog series with blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this piece, Curt Decker, who leads the National Disability Right Network, describes the history of the…
July 27, 2015 | Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. For decades, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research has funded the ADA National Network, a consortium of 10…
July 24, 2015 | Judy Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this blog, Judith Heumann, a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people and the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights…
July 24, 2015 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
As we head into a weekend of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is releasing a final rule (PDF) that will strengthen critical programs that promote the independence,…
July 23, 2015 | Lex Frieden, Director, Independent Living Research Utilization Program, TIRR Memorial Hermann
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this blog, Lex Frieden, a disability rights activist who is widely regarded as a founder of the independent living movement, reflects on how…
July 21, 2015 | Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of Association of University Centers on Disabilities
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL is featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this guest blog, Andrew Imparato, director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, describes how the university centers work…
July 20, 2015 | Jamie Kendall, Acting Director, Independent Living Administration
Before independent living was a program, it was an idea that sparked a social movement to advance the rights of people with disabilities. The independent living movement embodies the idea that no one should be denied dignity, self-determination, or equal opportunity simply because they are living…

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