Please mark your calendars and plan to join the Administration for Community Living (ACL) for its tenth anniversary virtual celebration on Tuesday, April 26 from 1-2:30 p.m. (EDT).
We’ll celebrate the last decade’s achievements, explore the opportunities in front of us and what we’re doing to take advantage of them, and look ahead to what’s needed to achieve our vision for the future of our country: community living as the expectation for all people, true inclusion and integration of older adults and people with disabilities in our communities, and the aging and disability networks working together to advance both.
The event will feature two panels of leaders from the aging and disability communities.
In the first panel, ACL’s co-founders – Kathy Greenlee, Sharon Lewis and Henry Claypool – will talk about the vision they had when they created ACL in 2012, the key milestones and accomplishments of ACL’s first ten years, and how ACL can build on the strong foundation laid in its first decade to establish and support a national expectation of community living.
The second panel will talk about the future of community living, with a focus on building partnerships and collaboration. The panel will highlight how the aging and disability communities can work together, along with direct care workers and family caregivers, to build the infrastructure needed to support community living for all people, regardless of age or ability. Moderated by Grace Whiting, Executive Director of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the panel will feature three leaders from the Care Can’t Wait coalition:
- Ai-jen Poo, Co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
- Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director of Justice in Aging
- Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities
The work they have been doing is a wonderful example of how the aging and disability communities are stronger – and more effective as advocates – when we work together to address common needs, and illustrates the kind of collaborations ACL was created to spur and support.
The event will be livestreamed and recorded, and ASL and live captioning will be provided. For more information, visit the ACL website.