Administration for Community Living; Rights of People with I/DD


The Administration for Community Living is part of the federal government’s Health and Human Services Department.  Formed in 2012, it brought several related agencies under one roof.

is structured to provide general policy coordination while retaining programs specific to the needs of each population served. ACL is comprised of the following units:

  • Office of the Administrator*
  • Administration on Aging (AoA)
  • Administration on Disabilities (AoD)
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
  • Center for Integrated Programs (CIP)
  • Center for Management and Budget (CMB)
  • Center for Policy and Evaluation (CPE)

The agency has Regional Support Centers across the country.  The Regional office in California is in San Francisco.  Click on the highlighted text above to get the address and phone number.

Inclusion in the Community

The ACL webill-of-rightsbsite has lots of information including the text of The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.  The Act includes the following important language:

It is the policy of the United States that all programs, projects, and activities receiving assistance under this title shall be carried out in a manner consistent with the principles that—

  1. individuals with developmental disabilities, including those with the most severe developmental disabilities, are capable of self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, but often require the provision of community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance;

It is a very comprehensive Act and worth reading.  Click here to read the entire document.