In 1979 Paula McElwee directed Link, Inc., based in Hays, Kansas, one of the first 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 State Independent Living Council of Kansas, by two different governors.

In 2000 McElwee relocated to Fresno, California, where she has served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley, a long-standing California Center. Since 2006 she also served as interim executive director for four centers for independent living in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. McElwee is the IL-NET Associate Director of Technical Assistance provided by the IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living at ILRU. She  has provided  Technical Assistance Coordinator with IL-NET since 2012.

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