Julie Hocker became the new Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities (AoD) within the Administration on Community Living (ACL) on October 1. Ms. Hocker joins ACL from the Charles Koch Foundation, where she served as a senior manager since 2016. In that role, she led several key initiatives to improve the foundation’s operations, including development of an integrated technology and data solution for fundraising, grantmaking and expenditures; redesigning process to improve investment tracking and enable better analysis of effectiveness; and creation and implementation of risk-management processes. Read more here.
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.
Last week, Aaron Bishop, Commissioner for the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), published a blog post titled “Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community.” In it, he outlines how AIDD is actively taking steps to increase the cultural competency of leadership, staff, and decision makers across the developmental disability networks. You can hear more about AIDD’s plans at the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS). On Monday afternoon (April 13th), Commissioner Bishop will be presenting and gathering feedback on this imitative and the next steps in strengthening the self-advocacy movement.
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of a new Administration for Community Living (ACL) within HHS. The ACL will bring together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities into a single agency that supports both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups, such as children with developmental disabilities or seniors with dementia. This new agency is designed to build on the Administration’s Year of Community Living initiative by working on increasing access to community supports and achieving full community participation for people with disabilities and seniors. For more information, visit http://hhs.gov/acl.