201-996-9100 Bergen Main Office or 201-533-4407 Hudson Office ber@hipcil.org
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Supporting Independent Living for People with Disabilities. hip is a non-profit agency run by and for people with disabilities. Its purpose is to promote full inclusion and full accessibility for all people and to enhance the ability of every individual to live and work with maximum independence.

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Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit organization serving people with disabilities in the New Jersey counties of Bergen and Hudson. From our two locations, hip’s dedicated and professional staff work with consumers following a self-directed philosophy. This means that consumers are always empowered to make their own decisions and set their own goals.

We provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities in the areas of advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living skills training. We offer employment services, life skills training classes, and recreational activities for adults, and young adults. hip also provides services like support coordination and care management under a number of state and county programs. hip’s comprehensive services are a critical part of the support network that enables people with disabilities residing in Bergen and Hudson counties to live independently in their communities.

hip is one of 11 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in New Jersey, and one of nearly 500 CILs nationwide. All of hip’s programs and services embody the principles of the Independent Living philosophy, which asserts that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, and control as do people without disabilities. hip currently serves over 1,500 individuals and families in Bergen and Hudson counties. Services are funded through state and federal grants, membership contributions, donations, fundraising, and a host of agencies and foundations that have partnered with hip to realize equal opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about hip, our services, or Independent Living in general, please contact us today.

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Letter – March, 2018

Over the course of my career, I have conducted public forums, focus groups and town meetings for government agencies and professional associations. These events have always proven to be thought-provoking and…

hip Happenings

The hip Annual Meeting – Fort Lee, NJ

The hip Annual Meeting On November 15, sixty-five hip members and staff gathered at the Fort Lee Recreation Center for the Annual meeting.  Following a light supper arranged by the Hudson staff there was a short business meeting at which the Board of...

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Some states are rolling back ‘retroactive Medicaid’

by Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News   @CNNMoneyNovember 15, 2017: 7:28 AM ET If you're poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren't enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going...

Upcoming Events
Sat, 06/16/18, 8 am









Aurora Challenge 5k Walk

Saturday, June 16th 2018, @ 8:00 am Ridgewood Duck Poond East Ridgewood Ave. Ridgewood, NJ
This is an opportunity for you to choose hip and to participate in the event wearing the “Paula’s Pals” hat honoring the memory of longtime disability advocate Paula Walsh.
You can register by contacting Trish Carney at 201 996-9100 or tcarney.ber@hipcil.org
Tue, 06/19/18, 6 pm









hip’s Annual Summer Picnic

Tuesday, June 19 th – 6:00 p.m. until dusk
The Englewood Boat Basin End of Palisade Avenue Englewood Cliffs, NJ
ADVANCE REGISTRATION / PAYMENT REQUIRED. NO SIGN-UPS AT PICNIC. Live Entertainment by the River Jam Band featuring Bill Jones & Company Barbecue Cookout Cold Beverages 50/50 Raffle Sweets and Treats

A blind Facebook engineer

A blind Facebook engineer is solving one of the biggest problems on the internet: figuring out what's in images and videos Facebook is working on technologies to help verbalize what is in images, especially to help visually impaired users. The technology may be able...

Raising Austin

Families in Austin comes in all shapes and sizes, and we'll take a look at issues and more every family can relate to. IBM giving its parents $50,000 per child for disability services By Nicole Villalpando October 25, 2017 | Filed...


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