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News Releases and Placements

  • New Brooklyn Project Executed in Record Time

On September 1, 2019 IRI executed a "change of auspice" of a Brooklyn based home within 30 days of the award. Led by Dr. Corrigan, the IRI team developed a plan, sprang into action, and executed a complicated systems of many moving parts to include but not limited to clinical services, quality assurance, human resources, financial operations, social services and community engagement . Nine people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now being supported through evidence based practices and are now part of the greater IRI family. This new project now anchors IRI's footprint in Brooklyn and completes a key element of IRI strategic plan. Partnering with OPWDD on this project was both rewarding and exemplified how government and the not for profit sector are able to achieve great results in record time while remaining true to our collective mission; supporting people with intellectual disabilities with dignity and using a person centered and family friendly approach. Congratulations to the IRI executive team.

  • IRI 2019 Annual Picnic
  • It was a perfect day for a walk in the park as more than 400 friends, family, and community members laced up to attend the IRI's Annual Picnic at Cunningham Park in Queens, on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The agency’s goal of the day was to raise awareness in support of people with developmental disabilities who are capable of living, working, and contributing to society in a meaningful way. People gathered to play games, enjoy the BBQ, and listen to good music for a good cause.

  • IRI Celebrates its DSP Workforce

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 say thank you to 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.

  • IRI's New Residential Program

The Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) awarded Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI) an opportunity to manage a home in the East New York section of Brooklyn. On August 30, 2019, IRI will begin to manage the home which supports for eleven people with intellectual disability. IRI intends to work with the community in staffing the home and to do so in partnership with parents, family members and guardians. IRI executive team has been hard at work in ensuring a smooth transition while its board continue to provide instructive guidance as this project gets off the ground. We are committed to ensuring that these eleven people get the opportunity to live the lives they want as full members of society with distinct social and productive roles. Bravo IRI!

  • Teaching Care Management Supervision

On August 12 and 13, 2019 Dr. Gilbert Louis, IRI's Executive Director and Noelia Mango, IRI's Director of Clinical Services (2 of the 3 architects of the Care Management Guide for all Care Coordination Organizations in New York State) through an affiliation with New York Association for Emerging and Multicultural Providers (NYAEMP) presented two day long training workshops in Albany and in Brooklyn to 75 Care Manager Supervisors and Directors of Care Management for Care Design of New York (CDNY); one of the premiers Care Coordination Organization (CCO) in New York State(NYS). CDNY supports 26,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout NYS. The sessions focused on getting the right care and supports, to the right people, at the right time, and from the right providers with particular emphasis on how to use data analyses, develop a sensible care coordination model within the context of health homes, and how to shape sustainable relationships with the provider community. The workshops were interesting in the use of a case study model and the competency based learning approach was well received. There is a buzz about the next two sessions scheduled for September 16 and 23, 2019 in Tarrytown and Queens NY and another 75 people are expected to attend. Dr. Louis and Ms. Mango thank Nancy Shea, CDNY Director of Training for the invitation and this incredible opportunity and Yvette Watts, Executive Director of NYAEMP for hosting and coordinating these training sessions and for her technical support. We look forward to continue working with CDNY and NYAEMP as the field moves to Medicaid Managed Care.

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.

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