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Supporting independent living for people with disabilities, hip is a nonprofit 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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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, such as 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.

In Memory of 9-11

We remember….

Today, as we follow our typical Tuesday routines let’s take several moments to honor the memories of those we lost as a result of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

We all have our recollections of that Tuesday morning 17 years ago that changed the world.  Many people in the hip service delivery area of Hudson and Bergen Counties witnessed the tragedy and the events that followed in a very direct and personal way.

As we watch the various memorial ceremonies let’s also remember those first responders and survivors   who were left with serious health issues and disabilities. Their bravery and sacrifices remind us that we are a resilient nation united in hope for the future.

Letter – July, 2018

A Message from the desk of the hip President: Greetings: Despite the fact that June broke records for hot weather, it was a busy month for hip. We held our Annual Picnic, participated in the Aurora 5K Walk and the Bassmasters  30th Anniversary event, and had some fun...

The hip Annual Meeting – Fort Lee, NJ

On November 15, 65 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 Trustees were…

Some states are rolling back ‘retroactive Medicaid’

by Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News @CNNMoney November 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…

Take Control of Your Health – Workshop

Take Control of Your Health Series Are you an adult age 18 or older with an ongoing health condition or a Caregiver? If so, then the free 6 week Take Control of Your Health workshop series is for you! Free refreshments and a gift upon completion! Dates:...

Russ Berrie Awards 2018 Part 1 – Video

During part one of this three-part special, Steve Adubato goes on-location to the 2018 Russ Berrie "Making a Difference Awards" to talk with extraordinary unsung heroes who change lives of New Jersey residents through community service and kindness. Guests...

Access to the Community

Access to the Community By Marianne Valls Every minority struggles for its independence regardless of what the law says. No law waves a magic wand and the doors of freedom automatically open. Those who are oppressed must pry the doors open by using the...


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We serve people with disabilities in the New Jersey counties of Bergen and Hudson.


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