The IRDPQ: a brief profile

The Institut de réadaptation en déficience physique de Québec (IRDPQ) provides motor, hearing, vision and language-impaired persons of all ages with adaptation, rehabilitation and social integration services. Designated a university institute in 1995, the IRDPQ contributes to training, evaluation, research and the sharing of knowledge in the fields of adaptation, rehabilitation and social integration, with the goal of offering excellence of service and helping to create a more inclusive society.

Through its affiliation with the Université Laval, the creation in 2000 of its research centre - the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS - The Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration) - its formal acknowledgement by the Université Laval in 2005, as well as by the implementation of its teaching, research and evaluation activities, the IRDPQ was awarded the status of university institute, which it has maintained within the social sector since 1995.

Since 1996, the IRDPQ was accredited four times for the quality of its services by the Conseil québécois d'agrément (CQA). The establishment manages an annual budget of $90M and has shown a balanced budget for every year of operation. Staff members contribute to the fulfillment of the IRDPQ's mission by committing themselves to constantly improving the quality of the services they provide.

The IRDPQ is proud to rely on a well-organized team of dedicated volunteers who participate fully in its many endeavours. The team outlined and formalized its service offering in 2010 and took part in a research project dealing with its roots, its function and its sphere of activity.

The establishment's foundation, the Fondation Élan, provides the necessary financing in support of research, the purchase of specialized equipment and the social integration of the IRDPQ's users.