Self-Direction Virtual Conference Series
The Administration for Community Living’s Priorities for 2021 and Beyond
We are delighted that Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator for the Administration for Community Living (ACL), will present the keynote session for our Self-Direction Virtual Conference Series. Alison’s session, ACL's Priorities for 2021 and Beyond, will focus on her vision for ACL and how self-direction will be supported under her leadership. Following her presentation, Alison will answer questions from attendees.
Wednesday, May 12th from 3:00-3:30 PM (EST)
Registration is free but limited to the first 300 registrants. You can register here.
As Acting Administrator for ACL, Ms. Barkoff provides executive direction, leadership, guidance, and coordination for ACL programs nationwide and advises the HHS Secretary on issues affecting individuals with disabilities and older adults.
Ms. Barkoff came to ACL from the Center for Public Representation, where she served as Director of Advocacy. In that position, she led policy advocacy with federal agencies and Congress and legal advocacy nationally to advance community living and inclusion, including in the areas of healthcare, Medicaid home- and community-based services, employment, housing, and education. She led and participated in numerous coalitions with disability and aging organizations, including as co-chair of the Long-Term Services and Supports Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on disability rights and was appointed to serve on the federal Advisory Committee for Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.
Ms. Barkoff previously served as Director of Advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, where she worked on a range of disability, healthcare, education, and civil rights issues. In earlier government roles, she served as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, leading efforts to enforce the rights of people with disabilities to live, work and fully participate in their communities. She also worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services on policies related to Medicaid home- and community-based services and with the Department of Labor on issues affecting the workforce providing in-home services. She is a sibling to an adult brother with developmental disabilities and has been involved in disability advocacy her entire life. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law.