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June 22, 2018
The right to live independently, integrated into the community, is a cornerstone of the disability rights movement. It’s also the core of the mission for the Administration for Community Living — it’s even built into our name. ACL was created around the fundamental principle that all people, regardless of age or disability, should be able to live independently and fully participate in their communities.
June 21, 2018
Bloomberg News (6/21, Ockerman) reports that hospitals are using artificial intelligence software to predict when patients are at risk of falling. Analysis of data “exposed patterns, such as the time of day when most falls occur or the sequence of events that typically lead to falls,” according to the article.
June 21, 2018
The Disability Scoop (6/21, Perkes) reports that the US House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would delay the start of a “controversial electronic visit verification program to track when personal care services are provided to people with disabilities” until 2020.
June 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune (June 21) Americans with disabilities are finding new leverage in a tight job market
June 21, 2018
Columnist Mark Miller writes for Reuters (6/21) that the “demographic trend” that the US “and other major industrial countries are getting older, and fast” means that while “workforces are aging...employers are doing surprisingly little to prepare to meet the challenges or adapt to employees’ needs.” Miller says “the 65-and-over population will nearly double over the next three decades” in the US, and “many workers will face a financial need to keep
June 21, 2018
Wall Street Journal (June 21) Retiring Workforce Leaves U.S. with Fewer Workers to Support Elderly The surge of retiring baby boomers is reshaping the U.S. into a country with fewer workers to support the elderly—a shift that will add to strains on retirement programs such as Social Security and sharpen the national debate on the role of immigration in the workforce.
June 19, 2018
The New York Times (6/19, Schwartz, Subscription Publication) reports that the number of Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits “is plunging, a startling reversal of a decades-old trend that threatened the program’s solvency.” The article says this is “the latest evidence of a stronger economy pulling people back into the job market or preventing workers from being sidelined in the first place.” In fact, the drop is “so significant that the agency has revised it
June 19, 2018
There’s a lot going on with ACL’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program lately, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights. We recently awarded 24 three-year cooperative agreements under two new funding opportunities for ACL’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) State Partnership Program. [This program is funded under the Traumatic Brain Injury Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-196), which also saw the transfer of this program to the Administration for Community Living.]
June 19, 2018
The Miami Herald (6/19, Chang) reports that South Florida has “thousands of seniors who struggle to afford their prescription drugs – precisely the audience that Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wanted to meet with in Miami on Tuesday.” After his “meeting with Medicare beneficiaries and other patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Azar “spoke with reporters...to promote the Trump administration’s strategy for reducing drug prices.” He stated, “This is how crazy our system of drug pr
June 19, 2018
Disability Scoop (June 19) Direct Support Workers in Short Supply as Demand Surges Agencies that offer supports to people with developmental disabilities say they are struggling more than ever to attract workers, forcing some to terminate services and decline new clients.

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