ILRU and its key programs and projects are in operation despite the unprecedented, widespread flooding in Houston and southeast Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Some ILRU staff experienced flooding in their homes, but all are safe and well. The facilities of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center where ILRU is located were not damaged. The associated TIRR rehabilitation hospital continued operation throughout the storm with flood walls in place. ILRU staff have assisted in the coordination of disaster response services for persons with disabilities and have responded to many disaster-related questions through the ADA resource phone lines of the Southwest Center on the ADA. Training and technical assistance programs for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils continue in operation, as do ILRU’s participatory action research, health reform research, and business acumen support programs. ILRU and TIRR Memorial Hermann will continue in the weeks and months to come to assist persons with disabilities and the organizations which support them in their recovery efforts.

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

ILRU's core areas of expertise are:

ILRU provides training, technical assistance, and information dissemination on a number of topics and in a variety of formats. On-location, online and on-demand trainings, Webinars and teleconferences provide timely information on a wide range of topics. Technical assistance is provided on-demand as needs are identified. Materials and resources on a wide array of topics are available for download from this website. For information on the projects led by ILRU or to which we lend our expertise, use the menu above to select a specific project. Use the topic menu on the right or the search feature above to review the range of information available on a topic or area of interest.


Please Note: The Rehabilitation Act was reauthorized in 2014 with the passage of the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) and implementing regulations are now final. Documents related to the independent living program posted to this site are being updated to reflect those regulations. Current guidance from the Rehabilitation Services Administration and Administration for Community Living is available at http://www.ilru.org/technical-assistance-independent-living-programs-and-informational-update-regarding-transition.