Heightened Independence & Progress (hip)
hip has administered two premier Centers for Independent Living in New Jersey for many years – since 1980 in Bergen County and in Hudson County since 1987. Through the years, programs and initiatives have continued to expand. In some situations identical services are provided, while in other instances programs are specific to each CIL which may have County eligibility criteria.
Governed and staffed by people with disabilities, hip offers wide-ranging programs and services for people with disabilities including peer support, advocacy, care management, and programs that provide funding for disability-related equipment and home modifications that remove architectural barriers.
Support coordination that transition services enabled high school students and young adults to prepare for their future, and Multimedia Transcription Service transcribes print into Braille, with a special focus on producing textbooks to enable students across the country to be on the same ‘page’ as their sighted peers.