Darrell L Jones
IL-NET and New Community Opportunities Center Independent Living Research Utilization
Darrell Jones currently serves as the Project Director for the IL-NET and New Community Opportunities Center at Independent Living Research Utilization in Houston. Both programs are national training and technical assistance projects for centers for independent living (CILs) and statewide independent living councils (SILCs). In this role she oversees technical assistance, training, and curriculum and publications development, and coordinates the work of a 12-person team to ensure performance and deliverables meet established training objectives. Jones has over 35 years' experience in the independent living field. She was the founding executive director of one of the first Title VII funded CILs in the country, Rochester (NY) Center for Independent Living. Subsequently she was the founding executive director of the Association of Independent Living Centers in New York where she led the successful effort to make CILs a state statutory program. She has been an independent consultant, providing training and technical assistance in various Independent Living situations, and has coordinated training and technical assistance at both the National Council on Independent Living and Independent Living Research Utilization for the past fourteen years. She has extensive experience in developing curricula and designing trainings for CILs and SILCs. Jones received her Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan and Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.