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Our Mission

Empowering People with Disabilities to Achieve Independent Living through Outreach, Advocacy, and Education

Our Mission

Empowering People with Disabilities to Achieve Independent Living through Outreach, Advocacy, and Education

WHAT WE DO

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.

Letter – October, 2017

Like many baby boomers I have decided to follow the advice outlined in the Sedlar-Miners book, “Don’t Retire…Rewire” so I will remain in the workforce with some modifications. ….

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The hip Annual Meeting

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 Trustees were...

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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...

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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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Some states are rolling back ‘retroactive Medicaid’

by Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News   @CNNMoneyNovember 15, 2017: 7:28 AM ET How Trump is upending Obamacare 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...

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Adam Krass, assistive technology consultant, meets with individuals one-on-one to demonstrate devices and discuss applications. 

Multimedia Transcription Service (MTS) is a project of Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) – a Center for Independent Living, run by and for people with disabilities working toward full inclusion in all aspects of life.

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