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Innovative Resources for Independence (IRI)




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

Queens Village, NY 11429


For this site please contact the site supervisor listed below to schedule your service. Be sure to register your hours in GivePulse once complete.


Agency Contacts:


Timothy Coleman, Director of Waiver, Family & Support

P: (718) 805-6796 x 113

F: (718) 805-6798

E: Timothy.Coleman


Ennio Ammendola, Assistant Director of Waiver, Family & Support

P: (347) 203-5750
F: (718) 805-6798



Jeffery Sealy, Senior Applied Behavior Specialist/Intern Coordinator
P: (347) 486-0812

F: (718) 805-6798




Nature and Purpose of Agency


IRI is striving to create opportunities to meet the needs of each person we currently support as well as provide an array of support to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. We have kept our existing programs and services at a high level of quality through continuous quality improvement measures by regular staff and staff of our Quality Improvement department. IRI has gone out in front of current service designs to create new opportunities for support residentially and have established our own restaurant, the Independence Café, which provides a wide range of work experiences to people with vocational interests. Finally, our Family Support Services strive to anticipate the need of families who may need respite for caring for their loved one with developmental disabilities, financial assistance, and a range of crisis supports. Services that can proactively reduce the likelihood of a crisis by altering the activities of the focus person to avoid the setting where past crisis occurred, or just by providing more attention that in doing so reduces the likelihood of an occurrence.


Tasks Available for Students


Tasks and activities available for Students will be tailored to the individual and the program. Population supported are individuals with disabilities whose diagnosis include but are not limited to Autism, Physical limitations, Cognitive delays, personality disorders and a vast array of psychiatric and behavioral challenges. Responsibilities include:  


Work with an ABSS (Applied Behavioral Science Specialist) under the supervision of a  BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst

  • Assist with the development  of a  behavioral Support Plan (BSP) inclusive of conducting FBAs ( Functional Behavioral Analysis )
  • Data Collection and analysis
  • Assist ABSS in  conducting staff training sessions
  • Assist in peer mentoring and social skills training groups
  • Assist in the development of person centered valued outcomes
  • Exposure to Interdisciplinary team meetings, Human rights committees, Self advocacy groups, Incident review committee  and Continuous Quality  Learning
  • Opportunities are also available to serve with IRI’s Mobile Crisis Team



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.    

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