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ILRU is a program of
TIRR Memorial Hermann

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The ILRU staff and affiliates design and provide training for a number of audiences at scheduled trainings throughout the year and in response to requests for customized training. A variety of teaching modalities are used to effectively deliver information on a wide range of topics. Topics include independent living, the ADA, access to information technology and sensitivity to disability. Training may be delivered in-person, via teleconference or Web cast.

ILRU Training Modalities include:

On-demand Training -- A variety of topics are addressed in our on-demand training catalog. Many earlier on-location trainings can be viewed as video recordings allowing you to become a virtual participant in the virtual training.

Online Training -- These three or four week online courses are offered throughout the year and allow you to remotely participate with the instructor and fellow classmates as you work through the topic using an online learning platform

On-location Training -- Join your peers for a two and one-half day intensive on-location training that provides opportunities for you to learn from experts in the field and interact with others with similar interests. Trainings are held in major cities around the U.S.

RapidCourses -- RapidCourses is a free, self-paced web-based tutorial. The tutorials are fully accessible (508 compliant) and available 24/7, allowing you to "Learn at the Speed of YOU!" The user-friendly curriculum is easy to navigate and is designed to provide essential, fundamental knowledge of the independent living field in 30-60 minute segments. There is no charge to participate in RapidCourses.

Teleconferences -- Available through the New Community Opportunities Center at ILRU, IL Conversations provide training and interaction on topics of interest to you using a teleconference bridge line from our partner at APRIL.

Webinars -- Scheduled throughout the year, these one and one-half hour presentations provide an interactive learning experience using an accessible web-based platform. Webinars are archived for access 24/7.

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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