Who We Are
Integrated Resources Institute (IRI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into their community. Now in its 30th year, IRI is a state and federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity governed by a volunteer board.
Through its MentorWorks program, IRIoc has facilitated over 20,000 community job placements for persons with disabilities in the US and Australia. Based on these successful Integrated Work outcomes, IRI has been awarded several local, state, federal and international grants. IRI also provides Supported Living, Educational Consultation and Professional Development services and consultation.
IRI was founded by Steve Zivolich in Orange County, CA in 1984. Since that time he has received local, state, national and international recognition for his leadership and research efforts for the integration and employment of persons with significant disabilities. He currently serves as the volunteer CEO for the IRI Board of Directors.
We embraces the values that people with disabilities should LIVE, WORK and PLAY in integrated community settings. Home, Work and Play settings should be based upon individual preference, skills, and choice. Work wages negotiated in integrated community jobs are commensurate with non-disabled co-workers at minimum wage or above.
Referrals are made to IRI for services by the Regional Centers, families, participants and school districts. We implement a policy of “zero rejection” for persons applying to our programs. Zero reject means IRI accepts all applicants who want assistance to Live and Work in normalized community integrated settings.