Administration for Community Living

Administration for Community Living ACL exists to make community living possible for ALL older adults and people with disabilities. By funding services & supports, and with investments in research, education, & innovation, ACL helps make this a reality for millions of Americans.

Created in 2012, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) serves as a single agency charged to work with states, localities, tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and families to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities regardless of age, and the families and caregivers of both. Learn more about the work of ACL at www.ACL.gov.

Check out this #disabilityemployment story from ACL grantee Think Work "Christina: Mastering a Job with Remote Supports ...
11/17/2020
Christina: Mastering a Job with Remote Supports During COVID-19 | Think Work

Check out this #disabilityemployment story from ACL grantee Think Work "Christina: Mastering a Job with Remote Supports During #COVID19": https://www.thinkwork.org/christina-mastering-job-remote-supports-during-covid-19

Project Access to Integrated Employment Real Work Stories On the Job Supports Region Midwest Background Christina Peritz is an energetic young woman who works at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, Missouri as a part-time dietary aide. She enjoys her job and earns well above minimum wage. During the COVID...

Join ACL, the Engaged National Resource Center & the National Indian Council on Aging on Nov. 20 at 2pm ET for a webinar...
11/17/2020

Join ACL, the Engaged National Resource Center & the National Indian Council on Aging on Nov. 20 at 2pm ET for a webinar on keeping American Indian, Alaska Native & Native Hawaiian Elders engaged during COVID-19: http://ow.ly/bRSK50Cmb2o

Building on the release of the 2020 AARP State LTSS Scorecard, a new report looks at states' progress implementing No Wr...
11/17/2020
AARP LTSS State Scorecard Shows State Progress on No Wrong Door Principles | ACL Administration for Community Living

Building on the release of the 2020 AARP State LTSS Scorecard, a new report looks at states' progress implementing No Wrong Door principles and highlights best practices from around the country.

November 17, 2020 Earlier this fall, AARP released its 2020 Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. The Scorecard seeks to measure state-level LTSS system performance from the viewpoint of users of services and their families. The scorecard recognizes the vision of ACL-funded No Wron...

11/16/2020
NALC Lance Robertson Keynote

ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson opened the @ABALawandAging National Law & Aging Conference's Lightening Keynote Plenary on 10/23/20. He spoke about a number of issues related to elder justice and other relevant topics. His recorded remarks are now available here: https://youtu.be/PjUb_BGAUls

2020 National Aging and Law Conference, opening remarks on the Lightning Round Plenary by Lance Robertson, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, i...

Burn Model System researchers, in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, developed the “Empl...
11/16/2020
Employment After Burn Injury | Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

Burn Model System researchers, in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, developed the “Employment After Burn Injury” hot topic module, which includes a factsheet, slideshow, and video series: https://msktc.org/burn/Hot-Topics/Employment #disability #employment

Employment After Burn Injury consists of a suite of resources to help individuals with burn injury return to work after injury.

Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 19th and all week. Lacey Boven and Dr. Thomas Moran's new blog details h...
11/16/2020
Supporting Rural Health and Human Services: Celebrating National Rural Health Day November 19, 2020 | ACL Administration for Community Living

Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 19th and all week. Lacey Boven and Dr. Thomas Moran's new blog details how ACL and the aging and disability networks promote rural health. They also provide links to this week's HRSA rural health events: http://ow.ly/t51f50ClMKG

November 16, 2020 Lacey Boven, Regional Administrator, Region VII and Dr. Thomas Moran, Deputy Administrator for Regional Operations and Partnership Development On November 19th, 2020, America will celebrate the tenth anniversary of National Rural Health Day. In recognition of this milestone, the Ad...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal ant...
11/16/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibody for Treatment of COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19, including people who are 65 years of age or older, or who have certain chronic medical conditions. http://ow.ly/10UN50Cj7x9

Today, the FDA issued an EUA for an investigational monoclonal antibody therapy for treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients.

Delivering with Dignity, a partner of ACL grantee Nevada Senior Services, started in response to COVID-19--delivering me...
11/13/2020
Highlights | DeliveringWDignity

Delivering with Dignity, a partner of ACL grantee Nevada Senior Services, started in response to COVID-19--delivering meals to isolated/vulnerable community members. See all it has accomplished to date:

These nonprofits are working hard to help clients solve their ongoing food insecurity needs, using DwD as the option of last resort

11/13/2020

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center is recruiting people w/ traumatic #braininjury & caregivers for feedback on new factsheets: obstructive sleep disorder, behavior changes, voting, & caregiver stress management. Must be 18+. Call (202) 403-5600 or email [email protected].

11/13/2020
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HHS's Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation helped develop a new publication: "The Value of Relationships: Improving Human Services Participant Outcomes through Social Capital."

It explains the value of social capital, core principles and practices, and practices in action for using social capital to support human services: http://ow.ly/6P6m50CaJYE

The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated, but healthy habits like covering your cough and washing your hands oft...
11/12/2020

The best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated, but healthy habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like flu. Learn more about how healthy habits help prevent flu: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm

Authored by ACL grantee staff, this American Society on Aging article talks about how the pandemic has affected individu...
11/12/2020
Living with Dementia During COVID-19

Authored by ACL grantee staff, this American Society on Aging article talks about how the pandemic has affected individuals, caregivers, & families.

Caregivers were no longer able to keep their work schedules and became isolated with their care recipients in the home.

Learn more about Veteran Directed Care and other programs for veterans & caregivers at https://nwd.acl.gov/serving-veter...
11/12/2020

Learn more about Veteran Directed Care and other programs for veterans & caregivers at https://nwd.acl.gov/serving-veterans.html

Jim is one of 4% of #FamilyCaregivers who rely on military benefits as the primary source of insurance. Jim and his wife care for their #veteran daughter since she was in a car accident while stationed in Italy as an Army Captain. Their daughter now needs 24/7 care and is in the #VeteranDirectedCareProgram, which helps enable her independence and for her parents to care for their daughter at home. #RAISEcaregiving #NFCMonth #VeteranCaregiving

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3keHsJB

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11/12/2020

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With more than 170 million doses already distributed across the country, the United States is on track to have more flu vaccine available this season than ever before. If you haven’t yet gotten vaccinated, now is the time! Find a vaccine in your community: www.vaccinefinder.org.

11/12/2020
Alliance for Aging Research

The recording of the Alliance for Aging Research-Operation Warp Speed webinar held on Tuesday, 11/10/2020, is now available for viewing. The webinar covered a broad array of COVID-19 topics of relevance to the aging and disability networks, including information on vaccine trials. Speakers for the webinar: ACL Administrator & Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson, Drs. Anthony Fauci and Janet Woodcock, and the Alliance's Lindsay Clarke, J.D.

Watch today's Operation Warp Speed COVID-19 webinar! https://youtu.be/Am8VAWhs18I

ACL Administrator Lance Robertson celebrates Veterans Day and highlights three of the many ACL programs that help older ...
11/11/2020
Celebrating Veterans Day | ACL Administration for Community Living

ACL Administrator Lance Robertson celebrates Veterans Day and highlights three of the many ACL programs that help older veterans and veterans with disabilities live independently.

November 11, 2020 Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging Today, all of us at ACL join our nation in honoring those who have served in the military and recognizing the vital role they play in preserving our freedom. As a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, it is an honor to....

More than ten percent of the people who work at ACL have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the Unit...
11/10/2020

More than ten percent of the people who work at ACL have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States. We thought you'd like to meet some of them! (We're hoping to talk the rest of them into sharing their pics and stories, too.)

On Veterans Day, and every day, ACL recognizes the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Veterans who have served all over the world are now living in every corner of the United States. Almost 20 percent of people ages 65 and older – and 42 percent of men in that age group - are veterans. Nearly 30 percent of veterans of all ages live with disabilities, many of which are service-connected.

At ACL, we believe one of the best ways to honor their service is to help them remain in their own homes and communities throughout their lives. Our veterans have sacrificed in the name of preserving our nation’s independence. They deserve to maintain their own throughout life, and regardless of disability.

Of course, that’s what we are all about. 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. Together with our partners across all levels of government, in the research community, with industry and with the aging and disability networks, we are working hard every day to make that ideal a reality for millions of people.

To all of our veterans, thank you for your service, and happy Veterans Day!

(This was posted originally for Veterans Day in 2017, with updates in 2018, 2019, and 2020.)

More than ten percent of the people who work at ACL have served or are currently serving in the armed forces of the United States. We thought you'd like to meet some of them! (We're hoping to talk the rest of them into sharing their pics and stories, too.)

On Veterans Day, and every day, ACL recognizes the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Veterans who have served all over the world are now living in every corner of the United States. Almost 20 percent of people ages 65 and older – and 42 percent of men in that age group - are veterans. Nearly 30 percent of veterans of all ages live with disabilities, many of which are service-connected.

At ACL, we believe one of the best ways to honor their service is to help them remain in their own homes and communities throughout their lives. Our veterans have sacrificed in the name of preserving our nation’s independence. They deserve to maintain their own throughout life, and regardless of disability.

Of course, that’s what we are all about. 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. Together with our partners across all levels of government, in the research community, with industry and with the aging and disability networks, we are working hard every day to make that ideal a reality for millions of people.

To all of our veterans, thank you for your service, and happy Veterans Day!

(This was posted originally for Veterans Day in 2017, with updates in 2018, 2019, and 2020.)

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, almost 5 million #veterans live w/ a service-connected disability,...
11/10/2020
In the Stacks – Research on Veterans with Disabilities in the NARIC Collection

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, almost 5 million #veterans live w/ a service-connected disability, & another 9 million are 65+. Relevant research includes rehabilitation, supporting employment & community participation, & caregiving:
http://ow.ly/nCTf50CdE7m

NARIC’s collection includes more than 100,000 publications and over 200,000 abstracts. We take a virtual walk through the stacks to find research on veterans with disabilities and their famil…

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging announces a new briefing paper on Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship...
11/10/2020
WINGS Briefing Paper: Advancing Guardianship Reform and Promoting Less Restrictive Options | ACL Administration for Community Living

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging announces a new briefing paper on Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) and advancing guardianship reform.

November 10, 2020 The Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association announces a groundbreaking publication, “WINGS Briefing Paper: Advancing Guardianship Reform and Promoting Less Restrictive Options.” Please forward to your networks. WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Gu...

Asst Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson during today’s Alliance for Aging Research webinar: “the aging & disability net...
11/10/2020

Asst Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson during today’s Alliance for Aging Research webinar: “the aging & disability networks…are in a good position to help connect older adults & people with disabilities to information about vaccine trials, plasma donation opportunities, & vaccinations, when we have vaccines broadly available.” A recording of the webinar will soon be available from the Alliance for Aging Research website: https://www.agingresearch.org/

11/10/2020

People with #disabilities describe features of mobile #health apps that would increase #accessibility: http://ow.ly/IeYP50C7yb2

Read how an ACL grantee at the University of Illinois Chicago is supporting older veterans with the WRAP approach: http:...
11/10/2020

Read how an ACL grantee at the University of Illinois Chicago is supporting older veterans with the WRAP approach: http://ow.ly/92iI50CganY #VeteransDay

Join ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and others for an Alliance for Aging Research and Operation Warp Speed  (OWS) web...
11/09/2020

Join ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and others for an Alliance for Aging Research and Operation Warp Speed (OWS) webinar discussion on Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 pm ET about a new “one-stop shopping” online portal that will lay out in plain language the three medical pathways currently available through OWS to the public in order to accelerate enrollment across all COVID-19 clinical trials and plasma donations.

The webinar is on Tuesday, November 10, at 1 p.m. ET.

Register for the webinar at https://bit.ly/3p0odXF.

The webinar will discuss how we can pay it forward by volunteering for COVID-19 clinical trials. Experts will explain the importance of clinical trials and how to easily volunteer.

Speakers include:

Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, who will speak on current areas of research focus in COVID-19 prevention and treatment, and why older adult participation is so important.

Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, currently on detail serving as Therapeutic Lead for Operation Warp Speed.

Lance Robertson, Administrator of Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who will share insights from the aging services network about some of the challenges to increasing the numbers of older adults who participate in clinical trials.

Lindsay Clarke, J.D., Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy, Alliance for Aging Research, who will speak about effective messaging and educational tools for explaining clinical trials and encouraging participation.

NIDILRR-funded SCI Model System researchers, in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC...
11/09/2020
Driving After Spinal Cord Injury | Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC)

NIDILRR-funded SCI Model System researchers, in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC), developed the consumer factsheet entitled, “Driving After Spinal Cord Injury.” http://ow.ly/Cp2F50BIbt2

The amount of time after your injury is a major factor in deciding whether and how you can return to driving. You may see many improvements in your abilities several weeks or months after your injury. With time, you may regain some functions that could make driving possible. With time, the amount an...

ACL grantee Michigan State University Extension work to support veteran wellness through programs/services like falls pr...
11/09/2020
Falls Prevention for Veterans - YouTube

ACL grantee Michigan State University Extension work to support veteran wellness through programs/services like falls prevention classes and SNAP. Here's a short video overview:

All of the links and contact information from this MSU Extension outreach video can be found below in the order they appear in the video.Jim Yates, UP Veteran P...

Including caregivers in efforts to support them is essential. Learn how the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council is ...
11/06/2020

Including caregivers in efforts to support them is essential. Learn how the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council is doing just that: http://ow.ly/ME1250CdJ81 #NFCMonth

Building social capital is important for human services providers. It can be more challenging during the #COVID19 pandem...
11/06/2020
A Note to Human Service Programs: Four More Practices for Building Social Capital During COVID-19 - ncIMPACT Initiative

Building social capital is important for human services providers. It can be more challenging during the #COVID19 pandemic. Here's a blog about 4 practices for building social capital during the pandemic: http://ow.ly/Po4N50CaJK6

As you read through the following additional social capital practices, remember there is no one-size-fits-all approach to helping participants build social capital in a human services program. Every program has a different context with different values and goals. You, the program managers and direct...

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