L’Arche Long Island Names Community Leader: Paul Mac Millan

Paul Mac Millan
L’Arche Long Island Executive Director/Community Leader

Paul has been in the Special Education/Developmentally Disabled field for over two decades. Paul’s previous roles have been as Special Educator for individuals with Autism, Management positions in the Developmentally Disabled field, as well as Director of Residential Services. He has worked with various populations in this field, which has allowed him to experience vast hands-on learning.

Paul possesses an enormous amount of knowledge and experience, enabling him to create and maintain a team. In turn, this will afford the Core Members the opportunity to flourish and strive in any area they choose, as well as to have a healthy and safe life. Paul has a Master’s Degree in Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.

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L’Arche USA is part of an international federation of L’Arche communities that seeks to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. There are more than 145 L’Arche communities in 35 countries, including 19 in the United States.

While L’Arche alone cannot meet the demand for housing, it does aim to inspire other providers and society as a whole to see those who have intellectual disabilities as gifted and valued people with something to offer.

In 2015, L’Arche founder Jean Vanier received the Templeton Prize, valued at $1.7 million, and honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Vanier believes that those who have intellectual disabilities, when fully welcomed in society, can be sources of healing, joy, unity, and peace in our world.