Last week the Administration on Community Living (ACL) announced an updated organizational structure to reflect changes implemented as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Some key changes are as follows:
- Creation of the Administration on Disabilities (AOD), led by Commissioner Aaron Bishop
- Within AOD, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities will be led by a Deputy Director for Developmental Disabilities but remains otherwise unchanged.
- Also within AOD, is the Independent Living Administration (ILA) created as part of the Rehabilitation Act. ILA’s leader will serve as both the Deputy Commissioner of AOD, and the Director of the ILA. In this dual role, this person serves as a member of the Administrator’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the Administrator for performing the functions of the Director of Independent Living. ILA will manage the independent living programs that moved to ACL under WIOA, as well as programs that serve people with non-developmental disabilities.
- The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research is a new center on ACL’s organization chart, but NIDILRR itself is unchanged. It will continue to be led by John Tschida as its director.
- The Center for Consumer Access and Self-Determination has been renamed the Center for Integrated Programs (CIP). CIP will continue to bridge the aging and disability centers and manage the programs that address both populations.