Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI)



Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI)
112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd

Queens Village, NY 11429


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Agency Contact:


Elizabeth Corrigan, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

P: (718) 805-6796 x 1108




Noelia Mango, Director of Clinical Services  

P: (718) 805-6796 x 1132

F: (718) 805-6798



Nature and Purpose of Agency


IRI strives to create innovative opportunities to meet the needs of each individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families we support. Throughout the course of our history, we expanded our residential, day habilitation, community habilitation and care management services. We provided a wide range of work experiences to people with vocational interests through Pathways to Employment, a supportive employment service model.


We also expanded our foot print in family support services, a service model designed to assist families who may need financial assistance and respite to care for their loved one with developmental disabilities. In addition, families continuously attest to the effectiveness of our wide range of crisis supports, the most recent addition to our services menu. Our crisis services proactively reduce the likelihood of a crisis by altering activities, avoiding the setting where past crises occurred, or by simply providing ongoing check-ins with individuals and their families.


In 2018, IRI changed its organizational structure to prepare for future growth under a managed care environment. As such, IRI values and welcomes partnerships with interns who can apply evidence-based practices to deliver innovative clinical interventions, behavior supports, family supports, and overall effective therapeutic care for the individuals we serve. In exchange, IRI will provide a teaching and learning environment for those interested in mastering one of the most complex yet most fascinating and vulnerable populations – adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Tasks Available for Students


Tasks and responsibilities are tailored to the individual served in terms of her/his program needs. Population supported are individuals with disabilities whose diagnoses include but are not limited to: Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, physical limitations, cognitive delays, personality disorders and a number of psychiatric and behavioral challenges. Under one of IRI's Master's level Behavior Intervention Specialist's supervision, a student is responsible to:  


  • Assist and develop person-centered Behavior Support Plans (BSP)
  • Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Assist Behavior Intervention Specialist in conducting staff training sessions
  • Assist in peer mentoring and social skills training groups
  • Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings to help the team create person-centered valued outcomes for each individual served
  • Experience IRI's Human rights committee and various self-advocacy groups
  • Be exposed to IRI's Mobile Crisis Team within the community


Time Requirements


Weekday Program: 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. (minimum three hour commitment per day) with a minimum of a four to six week commitment.  Other times are available upon request, need and flexibility of schedule.


Student Awareness/Special Instructions

  • Students must complete an IRI application
  • Students must submit a current resume
  • Student must submit a PPD or Chest X-ray completed within the year prior to start date
  • Student must complete a Full Background Check and Fingerprinting
  • Students must attend agency orientation training prior to participating in this program.



Agency Directions


Public Transportation (From St. Johns University)

Take the Q30 from Utopia Pkwy/80 Rd towards Jamaica LIRR Station Sutphin Blvd (5 stops). Transfer to the Q2 at 169th street and Hillside Avenue (18 stops) to Hollis Avenue/ Francis Lewis Blvd. Walk towards Francis Blvd South for six minutes to 112-40 Francis Lewis Blvd between 112th avenue and 113th avenue.


Driving Directions (From St. Johns University)

Head south on Utopia Pkwy towards Grand Central Parkway E towards Eastern L.I. Enter the ramp then take exit 20 B Francis Lewis Blvd S. Take Francis Lewis Blvd South to 112-40 between 112th avenue and 113th avenue.   


Updated 3/26/19 DM

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