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What Are The LEADers Up To Lately?
“A New Journey” Moves Forward
Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!
“Family Matters” Is Theme of AVL ...
CONGRATULATIONS ...
“Night of Entertainment II” A Huge Success
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates
ON THE MOVE
Community Health Law Project Launches ...
We Mourn…
Many Thanks...
US House of Representatives Passes ADA Amendments
Welcome, Sarah!
The Bergen Picnic: a Real “Cliffhanger”
LEAD Students Learn Self-Defense
Intern Completes Service to hip
Congratulations and Best Wishes, Judge Lisa!!!
Soirée A Swinging Success
Driving Forward with SAIL
Youth Envisioning Success – YES!
hip Programs
2008 hip Membership
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  What Are The LEADers Up To Lately?
  
 Leadership, Advocacy, Education and Determination (LEAD) has completed its 10th year of operation throughout New Jersey. This year 51 high school students with vision loss participated in a full array of activities. Students attended leadership training and visited the offices of their elected representatives in Washington, D.C. A two-day trip to Baltimore featured a visit to a technology center. There have been workshops on employment, relationship building, assistive technology, social skills, and much more.

GRADUATES CONSIDERING OPTIONS

This year 15 students graduated from their respective high schools, and therefore from the LEAD program as well. Some are considering their future options, others are preparing for employment or continuing their education. Every LEAD participant is a “Shining Star” in his or her own right. We especially congratulate Mary Fernandez of Woodbridge, who has been awarded a full four-year scholarship to Emory University. Graduates received certificates and gifts during the annual trip in June to Camp
 
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  “A New Journey” Moves Forward
  
 Just over a year ago, hip Board member Anne Ciavaglia partnered with hip to launch one of our newest programs, A New Journey. The mission of this unique service is to give hope and help to families impacted by the onset of illness or disability. “The most compelling aspects of A New Journey are the shared personal challenges each individual encounters on a daily basis,” says Anne.

Providing assistance and encouragement to the families they serve, A New Journey is dedicated to working with one family at a time. This personalized service assists family caregivers of elderly persons and adults who are disabled, through caregiver peer-to-peer support, individual guidance on understanding personal needs, assistance with gaining access to available resources, and providing limited financial support for direct care services.

MORE THAN 60 FAMILIES ALREADY HELPED

In just a short period of time, A New Journey has helped more than 60 families and receives new referrals weekly. Each family gains access to available services designed to address their individual needs. A New Journey services are provided by knowledgeable and caring volunteers who have both firsthand knowledge as caregivers, as well as the experience of receiving care.

In February, an advisory group was formed to give guidance in program development and the financial growth of A New Journey. Serving on the advisory committee are Anne Marie Prendergast, a member of hip’s Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Eileen Goff. In May the entire group rallied and held their first fundraising activity, a garage sale, which raised $1,326 and promoted the services and benefits available through A New Journey. The group’s most recent project is the creation of their website, www.ournewjourney.org.

A New Journey is a free service, supported by individual donors and various fundraising activities. You can contact A New Journey by e-mail to anne@ournewjourney.org or by calling 201-288-2867.
 
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  Vote! Vote!! Vote!!!
  
 The upcoming Presidential election on November 4th has filled the country with anticipation...and justifiably so. Our fragile economy, cuts in funding, urgent needs, the Iraq war – our government must deal with so many vital issues that will greatly affect all of us. Business owners pay attention to their bottom lines. Politicians pay attention to the number of votes they need to win. This is the perfect time for everyone to become involved! Because of this, hip has made voting a very high priority this year.

hip is Hard at Work – Monitoring the Accessibility of Polling Sites

For years, hip has been monitoring and assessing the level of accessibility at Bergen and Hudson County polling sites. During every election, hip’s Advocate, staff members, Board members, consumers, and volunteers go to various polling sites in Bergen and Hudson with a specially developed accessibility survey checklist to record any deficiencies in accessibility that they encounter. The information is compiled and shared with county and state officials. Bergen County, for example, claims to be 100 % accessible at all polling sites. Our surveys have shown this not to be the case. Too many problems of access still remain. The following photos show two problems of access found in Bergen during the June 2008 local primary election. One was a polling site that has an entrance with four steps and no ramp. Another poll had a double doorway with a center bar that prevents full access through the double doors. Each single door allowed only 26 inches of free passage, much too narrow for wheelchair access.

hip will continue to monitor the polls during the November election. We will need lots of help to cover an even larger number of polls. Please contact hip’s Advocate, Nancy Hodgins, if you wish to help us on Election Day with this very important effort in Bergen or Hudson County.

Registering New Voters

hip is always working to register new voters. Michael Augustowicz, hip member and former resident of Bergen Regional’s long term care unit, coordinated a voter registration drive there. hip’s Advocate talked about the importance of voting, and brought materials for those registering for the first time or for those who needed to update their registration information. For those who will not be able to get to the polls, absentee ballot request forms were given out and completed. Fifty-seven long term residents participated in the day’s event.

Sharing our Polling Site Surveys with State Officials

Meetings have been continuing with county and state officials. Eileen Goff, hip’s Executive Director, and Nancy Hodgins, hip’s Advocate, met with the chair of the Bergen County Board of Elections about the results of our polling site surveys and the problems we found. We will request a new meeting to share the information collected during the June primary. At a meeting with the Deputy Public Advocate for the State of New Jersey, a great deal of information was shared; the Public Advocate’s office and hip are committed to working together to bring about full access at all New Jersey polls. Now that we have gathered information for all 2008 elections to date, we will be seeking a meeting with state officials who have direct oversight of all elections in New Jersey.

Demonstration of Audible Voting Equipment Held at hip

Just before Election Day 2007, hip sponsored a demonstration at the Hackensack office of the audible voting equipment recently acquired for Bergen County’s voting machines. Every polling site throughout the country must provide such an accommodation to those who request it. In New Jersey, the audible equipment varies somewhat from county to county and depends on which regular voting machines each county uses. The demonstration was intended to help promote awareness of and familiarity with this recently available equipment. It is a very useful accommodation for those who cannot see the choices on the ballot screen and for those who have difficulty reaching the levers on the regular machine. Audibly enhanced voting is done by listening to choices through a headset and pressing buttons on a remote held in the hand or placed in the voter’s lap. This method of voting does take longer, but in Bergen and Hudson Counties (and elsewhere in New Jersey) this technology is available on one machine in every polling district. While the audible equipment is being used with one machine, conventional voting can continue on the other machines. Use of this enhanced equipment does not have to be requested until the voter arrives at the poll and signs in to vote.

VOTING has never been more important than it is in 2008! The Presidential Election on November 4th is just a few months away – are you ready?

Together with county and state officials, hip is working to make sure that all polling places in our area are fully accessible to every eligible voter with a disability.

The hip offices in Bergen County and Hudson County are voter registration sites. If you are not registered, or need to update your voter registration information, don’t delay! hip staff members are eager to help you.
 
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  “Family Matters” Is Theme of AVL ...
  
 “Family Matters” Is Theme of AVL Facilitator Training

The Adjustment to Vision Loss Peer Support Group held its annual Facilitator Training on May 29th in East Brunswick. The theme of the daylong event was “Family Matters.” Forty-seven group facilitators and their family members attended. This training brings together facilitators from 14 counties in northern and central New Jersey, and offers them an opportunity to enhance and add new dimension to their current facilitating skills.

Carol J. Sussman-Skalka, manager of special projects at Lighthouse International, the keynote speaker, gave a comprehensive overview of how relationships change when someone becomes visually impaired. The morning concluded with a panel consisting of individuals with visual impairments along with their sighted family members, answering questions about how their relationships work, the problems they’ve encountered, and the reasons they believe their relationships have been successful.

Susan Vanino, AVL Peer Support Coordinator, presented Myles Williams, from Eyes on Paterson, and Agnes Scewczyszyn, of the Union County Self-help Group for the Visually Impaired, with certificates of outstanding service as group facilitators. The afternoon was highlighted by a compelling session conducted by AVL mental health consultants Reverend James Warnke LCSW, and Dr. Cathy Deats LCSW, where a simulation of an actual peer support group was used to teach facilitators to recognize, identify, and relate to the specific needs of their groups.

The AVL network has 50 groups throughout the 14 counties in northern and central New Jersey, and continues to grow. If you or someone you know has vision loss and wishes to participate in an AVL peer support group, please call Susan Vanino at hip’s Bergen County office.
 
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  CONGRATULATIONS ...
  
 To John DeWitt, hip’s Board Treasurer on his election as Vice Chair of the WNYC Consumer Advisory Board. The mission of this Board is to monitor New York City’s public radio station (AM and FM) to make sure its policies and programming are serving the public interest.

Also to hip member Stephanie Frank, who caught 24 fish and won a first place trophy at the Bergen Bassmasters Annual Fishing Tournament held at Darlington County Park in Mahwah on June 7th.
 
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  “Night of Entertainment II” A Huge Success
  
 Always a great party, this year’s gala dinner dance, “Night of Entertainment II,” exceeded expectations socially and financially. The Fort Lee Recreation Center, elegantly decorated in black and white, was overflowing with party-goers who enjoyed our usual delicious dinner, danced until the clock struck 11, and carried home an array of beautiful gifts. Entertainer Gary Morton was in top form, dancing along with our young adults from “On the Move” as well as with a lively crowd of other “young people of all ages.”

Our thanks go to the hard-working volunteers from the hip Board and staff and from the Fort Lee Housing Authority, who set up the room, donated gifts, served food and beverages, sold raffle tickets, and performed many other services. 5th Avenue Caterers of North Bergen provided a delicious buffet and our hot dog stand did a roaring business.

Proceeds of over $10,000 will benefit hip and its programs for young people.
 
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  Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Graduates
  
 The second class of Bergen County residents with disabilities completed a multi-session training program in community emergency preparedness (CERT) this May. The course was coordinated and instructed by the highly qualified staff of the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management who had conducted the initial program last fall. The trainees were people who are connected with hip, the Bergen County Division of Disability Services, and Spectrum for Living. Instruction included an understanding of how to react and take control in the event of a fire, a hurricane, flood, or other potential disasters. This is a wonderful endeavor in empowering people with disabilities, and the first program of its kind in New Jersey.
 
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  ON THE MOVE
  
 “On the Move” participants put on their dancing shoes for hip’s Night of Entertainment II on May 10th. They joined with many other members and friends of hip to have an evening of fun. Our young adults requested that the mellow music featured during the early portion of the evening by our lively disk jockey, Gary Morton, be converted into a “Rock Your Socks Off” atmosphere. They weren’t disappointed, and many other young people “of all ages” joined them on the dance floor for a rollicking good time.

The second “On The Move” activity for the spring season was a night at the Jackals baseball game in Montclair, where everyone cheered for the home team as they enjoyed the hot dogs and other ballpark fare. The evening concluded with an exciting display of fireworks. The season’s final activity was the annual hip picnic along the banks of the Hudson River at the Englewood Boat Basin. Everyone is looking forward to getting back to fun activities again after the summer months.
 
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  Community Health Law Project Launches ...
  
 Community Health Law Project Launches Fee-for-Service Program

The Community Health Law Project, with offices in South Orange, Jersey City, Bloomfield, and Elizabeth, has begun a new program to provide below-market-rate legal representation to people with disabilities whose incomes are above CHLP’s limit for free representation. Under the new fee-for-service program, CHLP attorneys may represent people with disabilities whose incomes are up to 325% of the federal poverty level. In 2008, that means an income limit of $33,182 for an individual, $44,492 for a family of two, $55,802 for a family of three, and $67,112 for a family of four. In addition clients cannot have assets of more than $100,000 (excluding the value of their home and certain other property). CHLP bills legal services on a sliding scale, from $125 to $175 an hour, depending on the client’s income.

Initially, the program is being offered to people who need help in a few specific areas: special education, SSDI, special needs trusts, and health insurers’ denial of coverage. Later, the scope of the program may expand. Those interested should call CHLP’s administrative office at 973-275-1175.
 
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  We Mourn…
  
 the loss of Bonnie Thomas of Bergenfield. Bonnie had been a Bergen hip consumer for many years.

We also mourn the death of Benjamin J. Intorre Sr., father of hip Board member Lou Intorre. Retired after a distinguished career in chemistry, Mr. Intorre was also a dedicated volunteer in his community.
 
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  Many Thanks...
  
 to Diane and Michael Albarella of Fair Lawn for their generosity. These wonderful people send a contribution each year when the hot weather is upon us to be used to purchase an air conditioner for a senior citizen. Their gift is in memory of Milton and Pearl Gastworth, Irving and Miriam Newman, and Thoraya and Paul Albarella.
 
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  US House of Representatives Passes ADA Amendments
  
 US House of Representatives Passes ADA Amendments Act by Huge Vote

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was passed by the House of Representatives on June 25th by a vote of 402-17.
THE ACT

• Specifically rejects the erroneous Supreme Court decisions that have reduced the protections for people with disabilities under the ADA, restoring original Congressional intent.

• Makes it absolutely clear that the ADA is intended to provide broad coverage to protect anyone who faces discrimination on the basis of disability.

• Clarifies the definition of disability, including what it means to be “substantially limited in a major life activity.”

• Prohibits the consideration of mitigating measures such as medication, prosthetics, and assistive technology, in determining whether an individual has a disability.

• Provides coverage to people who experience discrimination based on a perception of impairment regardless of whether the individual experiences disability.

• Is supported by a broad coalition of civil rights groups, disability advocates, and employer trade organizations.

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 is the product of meaningful negotiations and discussions with experts in the disability community, business and employer groups, Members of Congress, and congressional staff. All involved worked to craft legislation that will ensure for all Americans a fair opportunity to secure employment. Would-be workers who want to pay taxes and participate in their community had been told they are “too disabled” to work but ruled “not disabled enough” to be qualified for equal rights under the ADA. This is not what Congress intended.

REVERSES SUPREME COURT RULINGS

“The Americans with Disabilities Act guaranteed that workers with disabilities would be judged on their merits and not on an employer’s prejudices. But since the ADA’s enactment, several Supreme Court rulings have dramatically reduced the number of workers with disabilities who are protected from discrimination under the law,” said Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. “Today we make it absolutely clear that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects anyone who faces discrimination on the basis of a disability.”

The bill now moves to the US Senate for consideration and a vote in order for the Act to become law.
 
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  Welcome, Sarah!
  
 Sarah Derico has joined Bergen hip as the Independent Living Transition Coordinator for the Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) Program. Raised in Halfmoon, New York, Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Following college, she joined AmeriCorps as an environmental program coordinator in Alexandria, Virginia.

Being a Northerner at heart, Sarah moved to New York City in 2002 where she met, fell in love with, and married her husband, Roger Clark. She dabbled in corporate America, and earned the Master in Public Administration degree from Baruch College while interning with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s chief of staff as well as with the deputy mayor for Health and Human Services. Prior to joining hip, Sarah was assistant program manager with CAMBA in Brooklyn for three transitional housing programs that served consumers living with HIV/AIDS. After five fun-filled years in the big city, Sarah packed up with her husband and two kitties to start a new adventure in New Jersey as a homeowner in Wyckoff. Sarah is looking forward to empowering Bergen County students through the YES! program. With her variety of experiences in the world of social services, and her warm and outgoing personality, Sarah is a most welcome addition to the hip staff.
 
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  The Bergen Picnic: a Real “Cliffhanger”
  
 Bergen hippies held their collective breath on the days leading up to June 17th. We didn’t exactly hang onto the cliffs like the heroines of silent movie days, but we couldn’t help asking, “Will the constant rainstorms wipe out our annual picnic and force moving to a questionable rain date?” “Will we get there and find ourselves running – or wheeling – for cover?” As 200 happy picnickers can attest, none of the above happened, and “a wonderful time was had by all.” We ate and played, and ate some more – all to the great music of Bill Jones’s Little River Jam Band. Perfect weather with cool breezes wafting from the Hudson, and the moon rising over the New York skyline made the Englewood Boat Basin, under the Palisades, a perfect setting for our much-loved annual summer fiesta. All who attended owe deepest thanks to our great hip staff and volunteers for their splendid organization of this immense task. And what luck! – the next day it rained.
 
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  LEAD Students Learn Self-Defense
  
 One recent highlight for the Southern Region was a hands-on course in self-defense strategies. The event was held at the Rising Sun Academy in Ridgefield Park. Three experts in martial arts provided the instruction. Renchi (Father) Jim Warnke, who serves as a consultant to hip’s Adjustment to Vision Loss program, holds a sixth degree black belt. He was joined by Kyoshi John Carcich and Renchi Bill Rarecich. The LEAD students reported that the day was very empowering.
 
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  Intern Completes Service to hip
  
 Christina Tattoli interned with hip two afternoons a week for the past year with the support of the South Bergen Jointure Commission job-training program. She assisted hip staff with general office administration under the supervision of Theresa Johnston. Christina, a true asset to hip, is shown here after receiving a certificate of achievement upon the successful completion of her internship in May.
 
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  Congratulations and Best Wishes, Judge Lisa!!!
  
 A valued member of hip’s Board of Trustees, Lisa A. Firko, Esq., took her oath of office as a Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey on Wednesday, June 25th, at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. A resident of Rutherford, Lisa was a longtime member of the law firm of Lum, Drasco, and Positan, in Roseland, NJ. Although we’re sorry that the legal constraints of her new position require Lisa to resign from our Board of Trustees, we rejoice in this singular honor and wish Lisa great success and happiness as she moves into the judicial sphere. We thank her too for her outstanding generosity in both service and material support to hip during her time as a Trustee.
 
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  Soirée A Swinging Success
  
 To celebrate the start of summer, 68 hip members and friends gathered at the Lincoln Park Recreation Center in Jersey City on the evening of June 11th. The party featured a delectable picnic buffet with plenty of refreshing cold drinks and delicious desserts.

Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to socialize with old friends and make new acquaintances while they feasted on party fare. Of course, there was hardly a space to be found on the dance floor because all participants were eager to show off their moves while DJ Steve spun all the popular tunes.
 
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  Driving Forward with SAIL
  
 After having worked as a practical nurse for over 30 years, Kathleen Matiecka is not about to let a newly acquired disability keep her down. When she had to have her right leg amputated above the knee because of cancer, Kathleen began searching for resources that could help her get back into her active lifestyle. She contacted the American Amputee Coalition to learn about adaptive devices that might allow her to resume driving. She learned that a “left-foot accelerator pedal” might be just the thing. She was referred to hip’s Special Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL) program for possible assistance with the purchase of this equipment. After she was evaluated and approved by Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, arrangements were made for the adaptive accelerator pedal to be provided through the SAIL program.

Kathleen started driving again in early June. She is now looking forward to returning to work in the medical field and volunteering as a peer mentor for others who have experienced similar challenges.

A Success Story

Throughout her high school years, Amarilise Escobar was a shy young lady who pretended that she could make sense of the marks on the pages that her teachers and child study team members insisted she had to learn to interpret. Amarilise became so frustrated with her learning disability that she memorized the “shape” of as many words as she could, so that she wouldn’t have to hear teachers telling her to try harder.

As high school graduation approached, Amarilise met with hip staff to discuss the possibility of entering the culinary arts program at Hudson County Community College. She said that she really wanted to go to college, but didn’t think she could read well enough to take the entrance exam or use textbooks effectively. The suggestion was made that she could take exams orally and textbooks could be obtained in recorded form. Initially, Amarilise was reluctant to do these things because she didn’t want to be different from other students. When hip staff reminded her that with today’s technology, many people read books on their Ipods or CD players, she agreed to check an audio book out of her local library and try it. She soon agreed to register with Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic so that she could borrow recorded textbooks. After some role-playing, Amarilise felt confident enough to take the entrance exam orally and talk with her professors about her individual needs. She also learned to travel independently using mass transit.

Now that she has completed her freshman year at Hudson County Community College, Amarilise is far from shy. Not only does she travel independently and attend classes full-time, she is also a part-time salesperson at Marshall’s department store.

Congratulations, Amarilise! You really are an example of Youth Envisioning Success!
 
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  Youth Envisioning Success – YES!
  
 As another academic year winds down, we look back at how the Hudson County YES! program has branched out to reach and provide training in self-advocacy skills to youth with varying needs.

With the assistance of a sign language interpreter, hip’s Independent Living Transition Coordinator, Marian Padilla, has been providing self-advocacy sessions to a group of students with hearing impairments. The sessions have allowed the students to receive the same skills training as their hearing peers in order to help prepare them for life after high school. This year’s Summer Program is being designed to address the needs of this group of students with emphasis on daily living skills and planning for future employment.

A group of students with emotional disabilities who attend an alternative high school have also benefited from the YES! program. These students joined six consecutive weekly sessions focusing on effective self-advocacy techniques, career preparation, and resume development. The Transition Coordinator also met with students and family members to provide information and referral services at the school’s Annual Transition Fair.

In addition to working with students who attend traditional high school classes, the YES! Program has provided services to students who attend more intensive programs in order to develop skills which will allow them to transition back into public schools. These are students who require extra support because of emotional disabilities. Some of these students may also be under the supervision of the juvenile justice system. The self-advocacy skills obtained through participation in the YES! program will assist these students when they return to their district schools. This is just another indication of how the program has grown and of the diversity of students receiving assistance. Marcella in Morris County, where 30 LEAD participants were joined by family members, volunteers, and the six LEAD coordinators.
 
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  hip Programs
  
 hip Offers Innovative Programs to Meet the Independent Living Needs of People with Disabilities in Bergen and Hudson Counties.

Founded in 1980, Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) has come a long way from its humble origins.  hip not only continues to provide vital assistance through information, referral, advocacy, and peer counseling, but also offers a wide variety of programs to people with all types of disabilities in Bergen and Hudson Counties.  The following is a summary of hip programs, with the project coordinator’s name and location.

A New Journey provides financial and practical help to families newly impacted by the onset of illness or disability. Contact: Anne Ciavaglia. 201-288-2867

ABLE–Athletics for Blind Leisure Enthusiasts maintains a year-round schedule of outdoor activities for individuals with vision loss.  Contact: The Hudson Office

Adjustment to Vision Loss coordinates peer support groups and assists with access to mental health professionals for individuals with vision loss. Contact: Nancy Hodgins or Susan Vanino (Bergen)

Caregiver Assistance and Support Project (CASP) a component of Bergen EASE, provides care management to Bergen County residents 60 and over who are providing care for younger adults with physical disabilities. Contact: Alicia Freda (Bergen)

Community Advocacy and Outreach Program seeks to promote full inclusion through advocacy, education, and legislation. Contact: Nancy Hodgins (Bergen)

Leadership, Education, Advocacy, and Determination (LEAD), a statewide mentoring and skill-building project, assists high school students with vision loss in their transition to adult life. Contact: Maria Valentin (Berggen)

Modification Access Project (MAP) assists with barrier-free home renovation projects from concept to completion. Contact: Maria Valentin (Bergen)

Multimedia Transcription Service (MTS) converts written materials into Braille, large print, and audiotape formats. Contact: Theresa Johnston (Bergen)

On the Move provides opportunities for young adults with physical, sensory, or learning disabilities to participate in recreation and social skills development programs. Contact: Lucy Montalvo (Bergen)

Project Access reviews residential construction plans to ensure
compliance with existing legislation. Contact: Bob Duffy (Bergen)

Project Outreach to Disabled Minorities directs all Independent Living Services to individuals with disabilities of Afro-American or Hispanic origin, in English and Spanish. Contact: Lucy Montalvo (Bergen) or Marily Gonzalez (Hudson).

Special Assistance for Independent Living (SAIL) provides funding for assistive devices or barrier-free home renovation projects. Contact: Noris Nunez (Hudson)

Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) provides funding and facilitates acquisition of services and adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, hearing aids and more. Contact: Maria Valentin (Bergen)

Support for Independent Living (SIL), a component of Bergen EASE, provides ongoing care management services through assessment, linkage, and coordination for people with disabilities (18-59). Contact: The Bergen Office

Support Groups– In Bergen: COPE (Multiple Sclerosis) and Women with Disabilities. Contact: Paula Walsh.

Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) assists high school students and families to move from school to adult life. Contact: Marian Padilla (Hudson); Sarah Derico (Bergen).
 
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  2008 hip Membership
  
 The following individuals and organizations have joined or rejoined hip since the publication of our last hipNews. Welcome, all!


Audy Altine & family Susan Andrews James Arkills Lasha Banks
Bergen Regional Medical Center Long Term Care+ Sharon Berman Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Carney James Cherrey
Armine Chilian Charles A. Coari Joseph P. Connors, Sr. Eleanor F. Cook
Dolores Cordier Chris DiVita Maria I. Donohue Trish Ebel
William J. Eisenman Lottie Esteban Lucio J. Sanchez Fernandez Beldeen Fortunato
Theodor Fremont & family Christopher Gagliardi Bojane Heap Rachel Hebner
Henry Hof Ali Hussain Melissa Gates Alwyn B. Glasgow
Peggy Jackson Mary Keough Jane Zintz Kinderman Estelle Krumenaker
Silvia Labombarda Ellen LaFurn Richard Lillis Carmela Link
G. Reeal Maloney Denise A. Marshall Realie McGrier Letty J. Munz
Noris A. Nunez Rosemary Overton Raymond Payton Andrew Pigoncelli & family*
Toni Pines David Popiel Madinah RatchfordCarol Prellberg Mr. & Mrs. Len Rubin
Joseph & Judy Ruffalo Mr. & Mrs. Richard Ryan Karin Segelbacher Steven Silkeit
Fredelia Smith Paul, Jean & Jeffrey St. Germain Donn P. Slonim Dianna Stolfo & family
Naseera Tasneem Stephanie Thomas Tyrone Towers Cindy Zirkin
Nancy, Barry & Cheryl Zweben  


Life Member *
Corporate Member +
 
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