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Paula McElwee

Assistance Coordinator

In 1979 Paula McElwee directed Link, Inc., based in Hays, Kansas, one of the first ten centers funded through the Rehabilitation Act . She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed to three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas.

In 2000 McElwee relocated to Fresno, California, where she served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley, a long-standing California Center. Since 2006 she has also served as interim executive director for four centers for independent living in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. In October, 2012, McElwee began a contract with Independent Living Resource Utilization (ILRU) based in Houston, TX to work as a Technical Assistance Coordinator.

For access to the on-line technical assistance resources go to

McElwee can be reached by phone at 559-250-3082 or by email at