Technical Assistance

Free Direct Technical Assistance for CILs & SILCs
If your center for independent living or statewide independent living council is in search of support through direct technical assistance, you can contact Paula McElwee, IL-NET and New Community Opportunities Center’s Technical Assistance Coordinator at

The IL-NET at ILRU is also offering regular technical assistance calls with Paula McElwee. The calls for Executive Directors are on the 2nd Monday at 3:00 Eastern time, and calls for Program Managers are on the 2nd Thursday at 3:00 Eastern time. Paula will facilitate discussion of timely matters, and questions and answers. There is no charge or registration required, although we do ask that you let us know if you need accommodations. Call 1-888-652-4360 and use access code 1891#

Paula previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has consulted with the California state association, California Foundation for Centers for Independent Living, and numerous centers throughout the state.

Paula was the Director of Link, Inc. in Kansas in 1979, one of the first 10 centers funded through the Rehabilitation Act. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas.

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