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 webinar-based technical assistance with Paula McElwee for CILs beginning November 20, 2014. Pointers with Paula, a nuts and bolts discussion on topics that come up frequently with centers, will occur monthly on the third Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00PM Eastern. Paula will provide some pointers that are important to implement, and open up the chat for questions and answers. There is no charge to participate, but you will need to register. Contact us at for registration information.

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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