The Administration on Community Living (ACL) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACL leads the effort to increase access to community supports for all Americans, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities. A sample of ACL services is listed to help you connect the pieces on support available in your state or local area.
ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability. Each office works towards achieving the following vision: For all people, regardless of age and disability, to live with dignity, make their own choices, and participate fully in society. ETA recognizes that employment is a critical part of community inclusion for people with disabilities.
1. About ACL- Link to the main webpage highlighting ACL’s programs, grants, latest tweets and news. Also, a concise You Tube video highlighting its mission and services.
2. ACL and Employment- To help overcome barriers related to employment, ACL and its AIDD administer a broad range of initiatives that aim to improve employment outcomes.
Support Services for People with Disabilities
3. Assistive Technology Support Directory– This link allows you to track down contact information for state assistive technology (AT) programs in your state to help people find, try, and obtain AT.
4. Centers for Independent Living Directory– Centers for Independent Living (CILS) are community-based centers offering a broad range of services to empower people to live independently - this includes employment. This interactive map can help you find the contact information for your local center.
5. State Protection and Advocacy Systems– Protection and Advocacy (P&A) work at the state level to protect individuals with disabilities by advocating on their behalf. This link provides an overview of P&A system and a directory for finding in your state or territory.
Support Services for Older Americans
6. Aging and Disability in America- As it relates to employment, there continues to be a demographic shift of an aging workforce. This link provides helpful resources from ACL on bridging information between older adults and the disability population.
Disability Research and Technical Assistance Center
7. NIDILRR- Link to the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) within ACL. As the federal government’s primary disability research agency, NIDILRR addresses employment issues as one of its focus areas in rehabilitation research.
8. YES! Center– Link to the Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) Center to support AIDD funded grants to six Partnership in Employment (PIE) states to help improve employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.