It is with very mixed emotions that I confirm my decision to step down from my position
as Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities in Illinois. My last day will be
Friday, March 13.
I am immensely proud of what has been achieved in these last few years, and I am
tremendously grateful that I have been able to play a part.
Although there is still much progress to be made in Illinois for persons with
developmental disabilities, I believe that the person-centered approach is making a
real difference and is changing the landscape for the better.
I sincerely thank the DD advocacy community for your commitment to the work we
do. Each and every person in this community is making a direct and invaluable
contribution to improving lives and programs for individuals with cognitive challenges.
It has been a true privilege to work with such a committed, diverse and talented group
I leave knowing that you will continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of
people with disabilities. Working in Illinois’ DHS has been challenging at times but
extremely meaningful. I was born, raised, educated and started my career in Illinois.
I have enjoyed being back in the Land of Lincoln and there is a good deal I will miss –
especially the people. I wish you the best.
Tony Paulauski Executive Director
The Arc of Illinois
20901 S. LaGrange Rd. Suite 209
Frankfort, IL 60423