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ILRU is a program of
TIRR Memorial Hermann

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ILRU, founded in 1977, has a long history of providing research, education and consultation in the areas of independent living, the Americans with Disabilities Act, home and community-based services and health issues for people with disabilities.

Among our core areas of expertise are:

  • Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Councils: Long a leader in the area of independent living, ILRU through the IL-NET offers training and technical assistance to CILs and SILCs. The ILRU Directory of CILs and SILCs is a listing of centers and SILCs organized by state.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: The Southwest ADA Center is one of ten regional ADA Centers that provide technical assistance and training on the ADA. ILRU also is a member of the ADA Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC).
  • Home and Community-based Services: Providing support to agencies and providers with training and publications
  • Disability and Health Issues: As a collaborator on the RRTC in Spinal Cord Injury, ILRU provides education and training on this important topic.

IL-NET RapidCourses—free, self-paced, online tutorials on topics of interest to CILs & SILCs

ILRU Wiki Resources for CILs and SILCs

ILRU provides training and information dissemination in a number of ways, including on-location and online training, webinars and teleconferences. For information on the myriad of projects led by ILRU or to which we lend our expertise, visit our section on projects.

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The complete ILRU website was developed with support from grants from the Department of Education. However, its contents and the opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and no endorsement by the Department should be inferred. ILRU is a program of TIRR Memorial Hermann, a nationally recognized medical rehabilitation facility for persons with disabilities.

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Last Modified: March 5, 2014