In spring 2012, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to bring together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the HHS Office on Disability. ACL serves as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
ACL’s mission is to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers. ACL plays a key role in representing and advocating for individuals with disabilities and older adults throughout the federal government. This includes ensuring that individuals with disabilities and older adults are represented, and directly involved as appropriate, in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and regulations related to community living.