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Institute on Rehabilitation Issues

The primary purpose of the IRI is to develop publications for use in training and technical assistance for vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors, consumers, administrators, and other partners in the VR process. IRI publications provide a unique perspective on emerging issues in vocational rehabilitation as both the topics and the content are developed by practitioners.

For more than fifty-five years, the IRI has been a national forum for discussing the important challenges facing the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program. It is the longest running event of its kind in the rehabilitation field, and one of the longest in the human services profession. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) sponsors the IRI in collaboration with representatives from the State VR agencies, consumer groups, the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Centers, and other stakeholders in the VR program, in order to develop a linkage between knowledge development and practitioner utilization.

The topics are solicited each year from VR agency personnel and other stakeholders under the signature of the Commissioner of RSA and reviewed by the IRI National Planning Committee. The IRI monographs are widely used by VR counselors and supervisors, Human Resource Development (HRD) specialists, community-based rehabilitation service providers, administrators, researchers, and education and policy analysts. Publications can be found at http://iriforum.org/books.aspx


36th IRI   The State Rehabilitation Council—Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership: Working Together Works
35th IRI   eLearning and Vocational Rehabilitation
35th IRI   VR and Corrections
34th IRI   The Aging Workforce
34th IRI   When Johnny (or Jeannie) Comes Marching Home…and Back to Work
33th IRI   Recruitment and Retention of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors
32th IRI   The VR-Business Network: Charting Your Course
32th IRI   Rehabilitation of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
31th IRI   Leading and Managing Change in Public Vocational Rehabilitation
31th IRI   Consumer Organizations
30th IRI   A New Paradigm for Vocational Evaluation: Empowering the VR Consumer through Vocational Information
30th IRI   Innovative Methods for Providing VR Services to Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
29th IRI   Promoting Consumer Empowerment through Professional VR Counseling
29th IRI   Teaching Orientation and Mobility: Non-Traditional Approaches to Meeting Critical Staffing Shortages
28th IRI   Investing in the Transition of Youth with Disabilities to Productive Careers
28th IRI   Distance Education: Opportunities and Issues for the Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program
27th IRI   Effective Strategies for Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
27th IRI   Providing Vocational Rehabilitation in a Workforce Environment
26th IRI   The Family as a Critical Partner in the Achievement of a Successful Employment Outcome
26th IRI   Using the Internet as a Resource to the Work of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
25th IRI   Serving Individuals who are Low-Functioning Deaf


Last Modified: 09/13/2012