If you are longing for a career that leaves you satisfied at the end of the day, consider the work of IRI. As we work with individuals with developmental disabilities, day by day, we help turn dreams into reality.

Employee Spotlight


"In September 2011, I started my career with IRI as an on-call staff working at the DiBari Day Habilitation center in Woodhaven, Queens. In March 2012, I became a full-time employee, supporting the individuals at the 120th Day Habilitation center and worked as a Day Habilitation Specialist until 2014. I was later promoted to the employment sector program which helps people with developmental disabilities learn job skills and find employment. Currently, I have helped numerous individuals find and keep employment. There isn’t a better feeling I can think of. IRI believes in recognizing its staff. I have received humbly received two Employee of the Month recognitions and was honored as the 2015 Employee of the Year. Working with IRI is rewarding and at times even fun. We put the people we support first. They really are the cornerstone of everything here."

-Ryan Ali, Day Habilitation Specialist


"I have been an employee at IRI for seven years. I began as a direct support professional working in the Long Island At-Home Services department. I then became Assistant Manager and now Manager for the same program. I now manage the Respite, Community Habilitation, and Crisis program for Long Island. I find that the most meaningful part of my job is being able to provide a service where our guys can become a part of their local community and also become as independent as possible. I love seeing them thrive at home and in their community. I enjoy working at IRI because we put our guys first and I have an amazing team supporting me."

-Estefania Tineo, LI At Home Services Manager

Activities & Events

    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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