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Laurie Goodman to Speak at Annual Meeting
Something New is Coming to hip!
MTS Goes Back To School
From the Advocate's Desk
Know Your Voting Rights
Sample Ballots Available in Audiotape Format
2008 Election Dates to Remember
hip Broadens Election Day Survey of Polling Sites
Emergency Planning: Make It A Priority
Hudson hip Happenings
BENEFACTORS
Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Ready ...
A Big Check!
Learn How to Use Audio Voting Equipment at Home
ADA Amendments Act Signed Into Law on September 25
This Time the “BIG APPLE” is in New Jersey
Program Offers Medicaid ...
hip can help put you at EASE!
Include People in Institutions as "Homeless" ...
Falling Out of Summer ... with Bergen YES! Program
Hudson Students Say YES! During Summer Program
hip Programs
Congratulations ...
We welcome the following new members of hip
We Mourn ...
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  Laurie Goodman to Speak at Annual Meeting
  
 Laurie Goodman to Speak at Annual Meeting November 18th

Laurie Goodman, author of the new book. It’s Never Too Late To Get Your Money Straight, will be the guest speaker at hip's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th, at 7 pm, at the Doubletree Hotel, Fort Lee.

Ms. Goodman has dedicated herself to empowering individuals and families to build wealth through homeownership. While working for PNC Mortgage Company, Ms. Goodman found that 80% of her potential homeownership population had major issues in credit and money management, prompting her to accept a job with St. James Community Development Corporation as a housing administrator. In her role at St. James, she organized workshops to assist individuals and families with the purchase of 17 townhouses developed through the non-profit agency. Ms. Goodman was trained at the Neighbor Works Training Institute and received certifications in housing and credit counseling, financial fitness, and Section 8 for homeownership. A current member of the staff of the Fort Lee Housing Authority, she also works with a non-profit called St. Matthew NIDA, where she holds monthly homeownership classes and does credit counseling. She is an officer of the National Association of Minority Real Estate Professionals and the Woman’s Counsel of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

It’s Never Too Late To Get Your Money Straight is dedicated to educating individuals and families on the importance of money and finance, to show everyone that it’s never too late to build wealth, whether through finance, homeownership, or both.

The Annual Meeting will also feature a review of hip's activities and accomplishments over the past year, election and re-election of members of the Board of Trustees, and the presentation of the slate of officers. All hip members and friends are welcome to attend. (The Doubletree Hotel was formerly the Fort Lee Hilton.)
 
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  Something New is Coming to hip!
  
 Get ready!! A big 50-50 will replace our Pot O' Gold this year. You won't want to miss the opportunity to win one of three generous $$$$ prizes. Details will be announced at hip's Annual Meeting on November 18th and at our Holiday Party on December 14th.
 
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  MTS Goes Back To School
  
 Multimedia Transcription Service Goes Back to School

As students return to their classrooms in the fall, they generally fill their backpacks with the textbooks they will use. Have you ever thought about how a student who uses braille textbooks deals with this issue?

The process begins with the teacher identifying the books to be used during the upcoming semester, and ordering them well in advance to ensure availability. A national database helps those charged with ordering these materials to determine easily if a required book has previously been transcribed into braille for other students. In that case, an order can be placed with the braille transcription service that originally produced the book. The situation becomes more challenging if the book needs to be transcribed for the first time.

The earlier orders are placed, the more likely it is that students will have their books at the same time their sighted classmates receive theirs. Unfortunately, many schools fail to act in a timely manner, and the students don’t have their books at the start of school – talk about No Child Left Behind! Books such as foreign language, science, and advanced math may require many months for the transcription to be completed. As an example, each graphic in an algebra book must be reproduced with a hand-drawn, raised-line drawing.

Our Multi-Media Transcription Service (MTS) team has been feverishly working to ensure that every student has his or her textbooks as early as possible. MTS Coordinator Theresa Johnston oversees the entire project in an amazing fashion. To date, MTS has produced 504 original titles, and a huge number of repeat orders are being shipped across the country weekly. Through the expertise of the MTS certified braille transcribers, new books are under way, and sections are shipped as soon as they are transcribed, until the student has the entire textbook. As a frame of reference, the Harcourt Math Book (including text and drawings) transcribes into a whopping 1,585 braille pages. In preparation for the fall semester, MTS produced and shipped 70 textbooks during the month of August – and is still receiving orders.
 
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  From the Advocate's Desk
  
 From the ADVOCATE’S DESK
by Nancy Hodgins, Community Advocate

Both 2008 presidential candidates are promising to bring change. It is critical that each of us learns about the candidates' positions on the issues we feel are most important. Too often we rely on TV sound bites, political ads, and the opinions of others to make up our minds. This election will have far-reaching effects on the direction our country will follow and will have an impact on each of us.

I originally planned to compare the positions of the two major presidential candidates, but only one campaign headquarters responded to my request for information about their candidate’s position on disability issues. Rather than publish a one-sided article, I am urging readers to educate themselves by contacting the campaign headquarters of Senators Obama and McCain. Explain that as a voter with a disability, you need to know the candidate's position on the following issues (select those that are important to you) and how he plans to address them:

  • Maintain personal medical costs and keep the existing level (at the very least) of Medicaid and Medicare benefits.

  • Require Medicaid and Medicare to approve certain durable medical equipment (motorized scooters and wheelchairs, for example) to help individuals remain independent.

  • Protect voting rights by continuing to fund the Help America Vote Act (HAVA).

  • Support programs that encourage the employment of more people with disabilities.

  • Support vocational rehabilitation programs to increase the employment options of people with disabilities and to lower case loads.

  • Streamline the Social Security application process and shorten the wait time for receipt of benefits.

  • Ensure that Long-Term Care includes the option to remain in the community with support programs and services.

  • Increase educational opportunities for people with disabilities, with full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • Increase college opportunities for high school graduates with disabilities.

  • Increase affordable rental housing and lessen the very long waiting lists.

  • Support universal screening of all infants to identify those who would benefit from early intervention, and re-screening at age two for unrecognized conditions.


Contacts
Senator Barack Obama: www.mybarackobama.com/page/content/contact
Senator John McCain: www.johnmccain.com

Limited transportation to polling places is available from various sources. Some towns provide it. The political parties usually will help transport voters to the polls if requested. Accessible transportation is difficult to find, so try to arrange for it early, and well before Election Day.
 
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  Know Your Voting Rights
  
 You have the right to:

  • Cast a confidential and private vote

  • Vote in a barrier free local polling site

  • Vote if you have a developmental or intellectual disability

  • Vote if you have a guardian (unless a court has clearly said that you cannot vote)

  • Vote if you are waiting in line when the poll closes

  • Vote and take as much time as you need in the booth

  • Take someone of your choice into the booth with you if you wish

  • Request to use the special audio equipment even if you do not have a visual or physical disability

  • Have someone show you how to use any of the voting equipment (including the special audio equipment) on Election Day

  • Vote without showing identification unless you are a first time voter

  • Vote without signing your name (if you are not able to write) by confirming your identity verbally

  • Request special help with voting if you cannot read or write or have a physical disability or impairment

  • Vote under your original registered name if you recently changed your name but haven’t registered yet under your new name

  • Vote after being found guilty of a crime if you have completed the full length of your criminal sentence and re-registered to vote

  • File a complaint about your polling place if you feel the process is not being carried out properly (contact your county Superintendent of Elections on Election Day)

  • A trial on Election Day if a poll worker does not allow you to vote.

 
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  Sample Ballots Available in Audiotape Format
  
 The sample ballots mailed to all voters two weeks before an election are available on audiotape for those who are blind or visually impaired, or to anyone on request. To obtain a tape, call your County Clerk's office at least 10 days before the election and provide your name and address.

Bergen County Clerk: 201-336-7000
Hudson County Clerk: 201- 795- 6112
 
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  2008 Election Dates to Remember
  
 Last day to request that an Absentee Ballot be sent to you in the mail: Tuesday, October 28

Completed Absentee Ballots must be received by the county Election officials by the end of Election Day, Tuesday, November 4

Polls are open from 6 AM until 8 PM on Election Day,
Tuesday, November 4.
 
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  hip Broadens Election Day Survey of Polling Sites
  
 YOUR HELP IS NEEDED

Full access for voters remains a high priority issue for both the Bergen and Hudson hip offices. We have been actively surveying polling sites on Election Day for the past six years. With the full activation of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), all polling sites throughout the United States must be accessible to all voters. For the past couple of years, Bergen County has been asserting that all county polling sites are 100% compliant and accessible. As reported in our last newsletter, hip’s Election Day survey team has found that not to be the case.

SURVEY FORM ENCLOSED

No entity is legally mandated to check all the sites while elections are in progress. hip has made the commitment to be that watchdog……but in order to cover as many polling sites in Bergen and Hudson Counties as humanly possible, we need your help! A simple one-page survey form is enclosed in this edition of hipNews. It covers most of the key elements that make a polling site fully accessible to all voters. We are asking for volunteers to survey their own polling place on Election Day; check off all items that apply to your site and send it back to hip so we can include it in our survey results. If you can survey even one or two additional sites, we would be very grateful.

You need only fold, staple, and stamp the form before mailing. If you can help with more than one site, please call Nancy Hodgins at the Bergen CIL or e-mail her at nhodgins.ber@hipcil.org. Volunteers who contact us will be invited to a short training workshop for a briefing on what to look for while surveying the polls on Election Day. Training at Bergen CIL: October 23 at 11 am; at Hudson CIL: October 28 at 11:30 am.
 
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  Emergency Planning: Make It A Priority
  
 Emergency Planning: Make It A Priority
by Kathy Wood, Hudson hip Director

NEW JERSEY SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRY

New Jersey has implemented a Special Needs Registry, which allows residents with disabilities, their families, friends, and associates to provide information to appropriate agencies, so that emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency. You should register in order to be notified by local officials when an evacuation has been ordered.

The information collected by the registry is confidential and will only be used for emergency response and planning. After you register, you may be contacted occasionally to ensure that the information is correct and to make any necessary changes. To register go to www.registerready.nj.gov or dial 211 and an operator will assist you to register.

The first line of defense against the effects of a disaster is personal preparedness. During the height of an emergency, the government and other agencies may not be able to meet your needs. It is important for all citizens to make their own emergency plans and prepare for their own care and safety.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO BE READY FOR AN EMERGENCY

A disaster or other emergency can strike at any time. The only one who can fully prepare you for these situations is YOU. Depending on the type of disaster or emergency situation, it is possible that you will be without essential services. The power may go out, stores may be closed, roads may become impassable or even closed by authorities, or you may be asked to evacuate the area. Rescuers may not be able to get to you for some time. Do you have the necessary plans and supplies to manage these difficult times on your own?

The following information is intended to help you and your family prepare for a natural or manmade disaster. Please take the time to review it carefully and consider adopting these suggestions. These guidelines and recommendations are based on information from the American Red Cross, FEMA, and the Department of Homeland Security. Some information may not apply to you or may only partly apply.

MAKE A GO KIT

Evacuations can require you to leave the area you are in at a moment's notice. To prepare for such an event, consider having a "go kit." Go kits contain pre-packed supplies for you to take with you should you need them.

Recommended items include:

  • Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries or wind-up flashlight.

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries or wind-up radio.

  • First aid kit.

  • Prescription medications in their original bottles, plus original copies of the prescriptions (be sure to replace expired prescription drugs according to the expiration dates).

  • Spare eyeglasses plus a copy of the prescription.

  • Water.

  • Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking such as granola bars and energy bars.

  • vItems that infants and elderly household members may require.
  • Change of clothes for each household member, sturdy comfortable shoes, and lightweight rain gear.

  • Blankets (Mylar blankets are light and compact).

  • Copies of your important documents in a portable waterproof container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, social security card, driver's license, etc.).

  • Extra sets of car and house keys.

  • Coins and cash in small denominations.

  • Map of the area.

  • Any other essential items that you feel you may need if you have to evacuate.


Put these items in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a camping backpack or a suitcase on wheels. Ensure that it is ready to GO at all times of the year. You may want to consider keeping one in your car as well as in your home.

MAKE A FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN

Before a disaster strikes, you should consider having a Family Emergency Plan already in place. You and your family members may be separated either before a disaster occurs or by situations that arise during the disaster. A Family Emergency Plan can help you and your family know what to do during an emergency.

Things to consider:

  • Decide where your household will reunite after a disaster. Identify two places to meet: one right outside your home and another outside your neighborhood, such as a library, community center, or place of worship.

  • When possible, plan to stay with friends or family who live outside the affected area.

  • Identify all possible exit routes from your home and neighborhood.

  • Designate an out-of-area friend or relative whom household members can call if separated during a disaster. If local phone circuits are busy, long-distance calls may be easier to make and can help you communicate with others.

  • Account for everybody's needs, especially seniors, people with disabilities, and non-English speakers.

  • Ensure that household members have a copy of your Family Emergency Plan and emergency contact information to keep in their wallets and backpacks.

  • Don’t forget to include your pets in your plan.

  • Practice your plan with all household members.

  • Review and revise your plan every six months.

 
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  Hudson hip Happenings
  
 OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Hudson hip will welcome Paul Uhlik, Esq. at our October 28th membership meeting to discuss the importance of a living will. Modern technology allows people to be kept alive longer by artificial means. The Independent Living Movement emphasizes choice in all aspects of living. This includes end-of-life decisions. Therefore, it is important to convey in writing your decisions about these very serious issues. Please join us for this very informative meeting. Time: 11:30 am - 1: 30 pm. For more information, contact the Hudson office.
 
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  BENEFACTORS
  
 Heightened Independence and Progress thanks these generous supporters for their contributions in the past year:

Bergenfield Lions Club
Fort Lee Rotary Club
Harwood Lloyd, LLC
Kaplen Foundation
Lillian P. Schenck Fund
Leonia Lions Club
Moorestown Lions Club
Mutual of America
Oritani Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
Richard S. Wolfman Family Foundation
River Edge Lions
St. Peter the Apostle Church, River Edge
The Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Foundation
United Labor Agency of Bergen County, Inc. –
AFL-CIO Community Services
Volunteer Center of Bergen County
Woman’s Club of Hasbrouck Heights

We also appreciate the tremendous support from scores of individuals and corporations who, through the efforts of Bergen County’s United Way and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, enable us to distribute gifts to individuals and families during the holiday season.
 
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  Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Ready ...
  
 Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Ready for New Challenges

The peer support facet of hip's Adjustment to Vision Loss (AVL) program is in full swing. Two new groups have recently been formed in Somerset and Orange Counties, adding to almost 50 established groups. The Telephone Group for young adults is an excellent addition to the peer support network. A dynamic and productive resource for those who are 21-40, the Telephone Group is ideal for exchanging information and receiving emotional support from peers. Participants often provide solutions to challenges that others may be experiencing. Meeting via telephone enables participants to network with other young adults who reside anywhere within the 14 counties covered by AVL. If you know of someone who has vision loss and would like to participate in an AVL peer support group, contact Susan Vanino at the Bergen CIL, ext. 26, or svanino.ber@hipcil.org.

Our AVL "Dream Team,” James Warnke, LCSW, and Cathy Deats, LCSW, train mental health professionals to more fully understand the emotional issues faced by people with vision loss in 10 counties in New Jersey. Training takes place in community-based outpatient mental health centers, major medical and rehabilitation centers, and community-based agencies. The success of this facet of the program is evidenced by the many requests we receive for repeat training as facilities prepare their newly hired professionals with the important information basic to AVL training. Contact Nancy Hodgins at the Bergen CIL, ext.16, or nhodgins.ber@hipcil.org to schedule training. Slots are filling quickly.
 
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  A Big Check!
  
 Once again this year, hip received a grant of $5,000 from the Lillian P. Schenck Foundation, which recognizes outstanding Bergen County non-profit organizations annually. Shown here with our "big check" are, from left, Michael Brundage, senior vice president, PNC Bank, Northern New Jersey; Helen Marshall, president, hip Board of Trustees; Eileen Goff, hip executive director; and Marguerite Logan, trustee of the Lillian P. Schenck Fund.
 
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  Learn How to Use Audio Voting Equipment at Home
  
 You can learn how to use audio voting equipment at home before Election Day. This opportunity came out of a discussion at a recent AVL peer support group meeting. When one of the participants said she wished she could listen to the instructions at home, Executive Director Eileen Goff suggested that the election board might be willing to provide them. The Bergen County Superintendent of Elections thought it was a great idea and has had the instructions recorded on tape in English and Spanish. hip is prepared to send a tape on request. Call Nancy Hodgins at the Bergen CIL, ext 16.
 
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  ADA Amendments Act Signed Into Law on September 25
  
 PASSED THE SENATE BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT

President Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 into law on September 25th. The bill had been brought to the Senate Floor earlier in September by Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Harkin (D-IA). Both gave stirring speeches on the impact of the original ADA and the restoration of the civil rights of people with disabilities with the ADA Amendments Act. People with disabilities will now be able to enter the workforce with confidence that their civil rights are not in question, said Harkin. The Senate version was then approved by the House of Representatives, which had passed its own bill by an overwhelming majority in June.
 
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  This Time the “BIG APPLE” is in New Jersey
  
 "On The Move" kicked off its autumn 2008 season with a day of apple picking and hayrides at Demarest Farms in northern Bergen County. This new activity proved to be great fun. Coming activities include a picnic and visit to the zoo at Van Saun Park, a day of bowling, and attendance at the gala Holiday Party in December. Contact Lucy Montalvo at the Bergen CIL, ext. 17, or lmontalvo.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Program Offers Medicaid ...
  
 Program Offers Medicaid to Employed People with Disabilities

The NJ WorkAbility Program offers full New Jersey Medicaid health coverage to certain people with disabilities who are working and whose earnings would otherwise make them ineligible for Medicaid. For information, call 888-285-3036.
 
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  hip can help put you at EASE!
  
 If you are feeling overwhelmed or confused about Medicare or Medicaid, home care, housing, financial benefits, accessibility, or community-based resources, hip may be able to help you. Two Bergen EASE Care Management Programs are administered at hip. The Caregiver Assistance & Support Project (CASP) provides management services to caregivers over 60 who are assisting individuals with disabilities, ages 18 to 59. Support for Independent Living (SIL) provides direct care management services to individuals with disabilities, ages 18 to 59. For those with multiple issues, encouragement, support, linkage, and advocacy are offered at hip. If you or someone you know might benefit from either of the above programs, contact Alicia Freda at the Bergen CIL, ext. 23, or afreda.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Include People in Institutions as "Homeless" ...
  
 Include People in Institutions as "Homeless" in Legislation
from Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey Continues

The New York Times has reported that "lawmakers in Congress are debating who should be considered homeless." This is a very important definition, because different Congressional and HUD programs are targeted to persons who are "homeless" and are denied to persons who do not meet the definition. The Times stated that the House and Senate are considering an expansion of the definition "to include people precariously housed: those doubled up with friends or relatives or living day to day in motels, with money and options running out." Also being discussed is whether to include "families in desperate need of stable housing" or "people fleeing their homes because of domestic violence and those who can prove they will lose their housing within 14 days."

Missing, obviously, are all the elderly and people with disabilities who are institutionalized in nursing facilities, and especially the 22.6% (309,580 people) of those institutionalized who stated they want to leave the institution and live in the community.

Residing in a nursing facility is not by any stretch a "home." There are none of the indicia of a home. There is no privacy, no kitchen, no rental agreement, no dignity, no opportunity to contest living conditions, and those are just the beginning! HUD, in the prior federal administration, acknowledged and wrote that people living in a nursing facility were "homeless."

CMS has correctly written that housing is a primary barrier for many people to leave nursing facilities. Why should one hand of the federal government, i.e., CMS, make payments (in FY 2006, $47.7 billion) for Medicaid recipients in nursing facilities, when another hand of the federal government, HUD, could significantly reduce those expenditures by defining people in institutions as "homeless" and therefore making them entitled to "homeless" housing funds so they could leave the nursing facilities?

ELDERLY AND DISABILITY ADVOCATES:

We do not think your elected congressional or senatorial representatives have heard from you on this issue. If you want to increase the supply of affordable, accessible, integrated housing for people in nursing facilities, now is the time to do something. Telephone and write your federally elected officials and demand that people in institutions be included in the new definition
for "homeless."

(Information Bulletin #262)

Back issues of other Information Bulletins are available online at http://www.stevegoldada.com with a searchable Archive at this site divided into different subjects.

To contact Steve Gold directly, write to stevegoldada@cs.com, or call 215-627-7100.
 
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  Falling Out of Summer ... with Bergen YES! Program
  
 Falling Out of Summer and Into the School Year with the Bergen YES! Program

Youth Envisioning Success (YES!), a self-advocacy program for students ages 14 to 21, provided workshops last summer to 100 students at three pre-employment programs. Students learned about services in their neighborhoods and how to advocate for themselves while in high school and afterward. One group visited the hip office in Hackensack to check out what services our CIL provides and to explore career options. Everyone had a great time.

As the summer came to a close, YES! began its outreach efforts for the approaching school year. The YES! transition coordinator meets with school administrators individually and coordinates a series of workshops to meet the needs of the students in each school. Over 60 workshops designed to improve students’ self-advocacy skills have already been booked throughout Bergen County. We are also taking part in a back-to-school night and looking into involvement with parent groups around the county. In the past, speaking to parent groups has been a successful way to reach families who can benefit from one-on-one assistance through YES! and hip. For further information about the YES! program, contact Sarah Derico at the Bergen CIL, ext. 13, or e-mail sderico.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Hudson Students Say YES! During Summer Program
  
 Another successful summer program has concluded as students said YES! to self-advocacy and career-planning. The Youth Envisioning Success summer enrichment program this year served students with hearing impairments at County Prep High School (one of Hudson County's Schools of Technology) in Jersey City. Students from McNair Academic High School also participated in the program. This served as a wonderful opportunity for peer interaction. With the assistance of sign-language interpreters, hip’s Independent Living transition coordinator, Marian Padilla, provided self-advocacy, independent living skills, and career preparation sessions. Students also visited Barnes and Noble bookstore where staff provided a tour and answered questions regarding types of jobs available and the job application process. In addition, human resources personnel from United Parcel Service (UPS) provided information regarding future career opportunities.

The summer program provided an opportunity for students to begin considering available options once they finish high school. Students and hip staff are looking forward to continuing this collaboration with Hudson County Schools of Technology throughout the new school year. We are also eager to continue and expand self-advocacy sessions in high schools throughout Hudson County. Last year, our program served 159 students in 24 high schools.

For information regarding services available for students in Hudson County or to request a copy of the Parent Action Transition Handbook (PATH), contact Marian Padilla at Hudson hip.
 
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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

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 (Bergen)

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: Marily Gonzalez (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: Alicia Freda

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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  Congratulations ...
  
 to Janis and Hyacinthe Nkurunziza on the birth of their son and first child, Yanni, on Saturday, September 27th. Hyacinthe is a member of the hip Board of Trustees.
 
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  We welcome the following new members of hip
  
 Jonnatan Agudelo
Mario De Appolonio
Margaret J. Mahoney
Kathleen Molnar
Josephine Perez
Eloise Piper
Arlene Silverstein
Robert Ellen Williams
 
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  We Mourn ...
  
 the loss of Andrew Pigoncelli of Bogota, a Life Member of hip. Andrew packed a lifetime of joy and service into his too brief 25 years.

also Wynn Bass of Hackensack, husband of former hip Board member Judy Liebman, after a long illness;

and Les Balter, a hip member and generous donor, suddenly at his retirement home in Florida.
 
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  Coming Events
  
 Start Spreading the News!!

Annual Meeting
November 18 ~ 7 pm
Doubletree Hotel, Fort Lee

Holiday Party
December 14 ~ Noon to 4 pm
Gatsby's, Cresskill

"Night of Entertainment III"
Annual Dinner Dance
May 9, 2009
Fort Lee Recreation Center
 
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