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July 16, 2015 | Donna Meltzer, CEO National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, ACL will be featuring guest blogs from leaders in the disability community. In this blog, Donna Meltzer, who leads the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, reflects on how the work of the…
June 23, 2015 |
Yesterday, the Administration for Community Living and the HHS Office for Civil Rights hosted Community Living for All: Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates and leaders provided a variety of perspectives on the progress of the last 25 years and the work that…
June 15, 2015 |
Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Established by the United Nations in 2006, WEAAD brings together people from around the globe to shine a spotlight on the mistreatment of older adults. Each year in the U.S. alone, hundreds of thousands of older people are abused, neglected, and…
May 8, 2015 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
From L to R: Nora Super, Tina Tchen, Nadina Gracia, Carolyn Colvin, and Kathy Greenlee at the White House, April 24, 2015On April 24, I was honored to represent our nation’s older women in a roundtable discussion hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls. The meeting, “Promoting Equal…
April 17, 2015 | Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging and ACL Administrator
The importance of rigorous data collection to inform international development programs aimed at empowering women and girls can hardly be overstated. For these efforts to be successful, however, all women and girls, regardless of age or ability, must be included. This week, reporting by the…
April 16, 2015 | Ophelia McLain, DHA, Director, Office of Innovation, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell highlighted the importance of addressing racial and ethnic health disparities on the HHS blog. In Minority Health Month: Making Progress on Health Disparities, Secretary Burwell began by noting that April is National Minority Health…
April 13, 2015 |
On Sunday, April 12, Dateline NBC presented an hour-long special on the experiences of two young adults with autism as they turned 21 and lost their eligibility for school-based services and supports. The program vividly illustrates the challenges adolescents with autism and other developmental…
March 30, 2015 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities
This post was published March 2015, please see below for an update from March 2016. As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.…
March 6, 2015 |
Each March, we celebrate National Nutrition Month® to highlight the importance of proper nutrition in promoting wellness. Along with promoting physical health and well-being, ACL’s nutrition program creates a positive ripple effect on the personal and social lives of older people. Keith, a 94-year…
January 28, 2015 | Aaron Bishop, Commissioner, Administration on Disabilities|Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging
For many years, state courts have routinely assigned guardians to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they became adults. Older adults with dementia-related disorders also frequently have been assigned guardians. The trouble with guardianship is that it is a legal process. A…

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