Empowering Choice, Creating Opportunities

IRI History and Future

Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI) was started 40 years ago by two parents (Mrs. Elaine Radish and Mrs. D) who wanted to make sure their children were cared for and supported in a manner that was dignified and as full members of society. Unhappy with the offering of the time, they started Independence Residences as an agency dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and other significant and complex needs. In July 2016, Queens Parent Resource Center (QPRC), another agency started by a mother with a child with IDD, joined forces with Independence Residences and formed a new agency named Innovative Resource for Independence (IRI). It operates in Queens, Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn, and The Bronx counties and offers residential services to include Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF), Supervised Individual Residential Alternative, Supportive individualized Residential Alternative (IRA) and ISS as well as adult day and in-home services to include day habilitation, supported employment (SEMP), community habilitation, respite, crisis management, non Medicaid MSC, outreach and family reimbursement. In IRI's DNA is an understanding that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are capable and all tools (particularly those involving technology) to support independence should be used towards this important goal. IRI has $40MM in annual revenues and is governed by a board of directors who volunteer their time, energy and talents with a focus on service improvement, evidence-based practices; particular in the areas of behavior management, nutrition, and therapeutic recreation. This informs the agency culture, current strategic plan, and partnership with the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The board count as its members a number of parents, siblings and family members who receive services from IRI. The board meets at least 6 times per year while board members serve on a number of committees to include but not limited to finance, human resources, incident management, fundraising, corporate compliance, audit, and Medicaid Managed Care. On May 7, 2018 the board of directors appointed Dr. Gilbert Louis as IRI's 3rd Executive Director with the mandate to improve nutritional and recreational services and ensures the agency's financial operations can support planned growth and thrive in a Medicaid Managed Care environment.

On The Leading Edge of Technology

Proloquo 2

What is it? A fully customizable communication application that interfaces with smart phones and tablets. The app is programmed with picture/icon representations of words and common phrases that the user can string together to communicate a thought.

How does it help? This is an indispensable communication aid for non-verbal individuals

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Telehealth Services

How does it work? Individuals can have their vital signs taken right in their homes. The information is digitally recorded providing personalized biometrics that help detect medical conditions earlier based on trended data. This service also provides virtual intervention between nurses and individuals using a smart tablet.

How does it help? Medical staff is more knowledgeable about patients’ care in between visits. These services also greatly reduce hospitalizations therefore also reducing the number of disruptions for individuals in their homes.

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Pulseox Monitor

How does it work? Remotely monitors oxygen levels of individuals with respiratory issues. Allows nurse to monitor the oxygen level remotely.

How does it help? Helps to remotely monitor blood oxygen levels and send an alert to the nurse if levels are imbalanced.

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GPS Watch

How does it work? Individuals can travel safely and unsupervised. Individuals simply wear the watch that communicates to an app used by IRI staff.

How does it help? This technology prevents individuals from getting lost. Staff can also see where individuals are without having to be there in person.

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Home Sensor Technology

How does it work? A suite of interactive sensors is outfitted on kitchen appliances and above doors. If an individual, living in their own apartment, turns the stove on, then exits the kitchen, IRI will get an alert. If the individual leaves the house at an unusual time, we will also be alerted.

How does it help? This provides un-invasive oversight. Individuals can live independently with confidence. It also reduces the need for in-person staffing.

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Medication Wheel

How does it work? This simple device alerts individuals when a medication dose is due, then opens to dispense medication. If the medication is not taken or the wheel is not closed properly, IRI will be alerted.

How does it help? For those individuals living in apartments or homes, they can now take medication without staff intervention.

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Samsung Galaxy Tablets

How does it work? There are many existing applications, and new ones being developed every day that are targeted to assist disabled individuals in enhancing their abilities

How does it help? Allows us to use a variety of online applications that support the abilities of the users

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Amazon Echo

How does it work? Wirelessly controls lighting and other devices through voice commands.

How does it help? Helps individuals who are otherwise unable to manually operate devices to do so independently.

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Pressure Pads in Beds

How does it work? Allows the staff to monitor bed time routines when people are in and out of bed with a remote monitor; a notification goes to remote staff person when a person has gone to bed and if they get up during the night for an extended period of time.

How does it help? Helps ensure safety by sending staff an alert when an individual is out of bed during the night.

Activities & Events

  • November 14, 2019 -

    2019 Monte Carlo & Wine Tasting Night

  • 2019 DSP Appreciation Week

    IRI's commitment to being a preferred employer begins by appreciating our team members for their dedication and tireless efforts in ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the best lives that they are able with whatever supports are needed. These supports begin and end with our Direct Support Professionals without whom we could not achieve our mission and goals. We thank these team members who are the backbone of IRI and appreciate them for what they do every day. But this month we (the board of directors at IRI and the leadership team) took special care to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our DSPs with a series of events throughout the week of September 8-14. Our DSPs were invited to participate in special breakfasts, relaxation massages, raffles and our grand DSP recognition event. We specially celebrated 16 people whose work anniversary with IRI ranged between 27 years and 15 years by having an incredible extravaganza where all our Direct Support Staff were truly the stars. We laughed, we ate, we danced and played games; and had a good time with each other. Again, thank you for all you do every day. We are proud to be your team members. Pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look.

Innovative Resources for Independence is formerly Independence Residences, Inc.

112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens Village, NY 11429
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