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2009 Annual Meeting – a Newsmaking Event
2010: Centennial-NJ Commission for the Blind ...
Chris Gagliardi Named to Special Needs Post ...
NCD Releases Report on State of Housing ...
Students Preparing for College with YES! Program..
Looking for Ways to Give to hip??
Full Speed Ahead with the Bergen YES! Program
Introducing Our Bergen hip Intern
VALUING DIVERSITY ...
Outpouring of Holiday Generosity
"A New Day: We’re Listening!"
Health Care Bills On the Brink
We Mourn...
hip Programs
President Obama Announces New Initiatives
Holiday Party 2009
It’s On Again... The Nifty Fifty!!!!
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with hip!!
hip Thanks New and Renewing Members ...
We Thank these Generous Donors ...
An Unasked Health Care Question
Hudson hip Welcomes New Staff Member
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  2009 Annual Meeting – a Newsmaking Event
  
 Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey, Santina Muha, was the keynote speaker at hip’s Annual meeting on the evening of November 17th, at the Meadowlands Plaza Hotel, Secaucus. Santina charmed her audience with her outgoing manner, her professional delivery, and her inspiring story. She spoke enthusiastically about her many interests and accomplishments.

Having used a wheelchair for most of her life since an early childhood injury, she understands from firsthand experience the obstacles and challenges of living with a disability. But after a quick account of her compelling personal story, Santina devoted most of her address to her determination–and success–in becoming a vigorous advocate and spokesperson on disability issues. She shared strategies that we can all use to increase our community integration and involvement. After an enthusiastic question and answer period, Santina was surprised with the presentation of a framed citation for her work with and for people with disabilities from the New Jersey State Legislature, signed by State Senator Loretta Weinberg.

HUDSON hip HOSTED THE ANNUAL MEETING

The hip Annual Meeting takes place in alternate years in Bergen and Hudson Counties. For the 2009 meeting, Hudson County hosted. Kathy Wood, Hudson hip director, welcomed consumers, Board members, and guests, as did Eileen Goff, hip executive director, who reported on achievements at hip during the past year, as well as new programs and services available in Bergen and Hudson Counties. Kathy and Eileen also introduced all staff members from both offices as well as several outstanding volunteers. The election and reelection of officers and members of the Board of Trustees also take place on the evening of the Annual Meeting. The Board of Trustees elected Jean Fox Csaposs to a one-year term as President, replacing Nancy Carr, who resigned in August to move to New York State; and Joe Tomasko as Secretary of the Board, succeeding Joan Bermingham, whose second term ended at the Annual Meeting. Joan was thanked for her four years of service as Secretary.

The membership at large elected a new member to the Board of Trustees, Paul Aronsohn of Ridgewood. Other elections and re-elections to the Board included: Joan Bermingham to a new term as a member-at-large; Anne Ciavaglia McMahon to a second term; and Lillian Ciufo, Betty Fetzer, and Tom Bengaff to third terms.

Aronsohn Elected to hip Board of Trustees

Paul Aronsohn, recently elected to a first term as a member of the hip Board of Trustees, has had a distinguished professional career at the federal and state levels in the field of public affairs. As an executive at Pfizer Inc., his responsibilities included work with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Congress and many states, promoting greater access to life-enhancing and life-saving medicines. Now a vice president with the MWW Group, he is also a member of the Ridgewood Village Council, the Ridgewood AM Rotary club, and is a board member of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. He recently spearheaded the creation of Ridgewood’s Community Access Network (CAN), an outgrowth of the county-wide “Access for All” campaign, and chaired its first very successful Disability Awareness Weekend, October 2-4.
 
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  2010: Centennial-NJ Commission for the Blind ...
  
 2010: Centennial Year for New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In April of 1909, Governor Franklin Fort and the New Jersey State Legislature mandated that an agency be established “to provide any and all means which shall be deemed feasible for ameliorating the condition of the blind.” The formation of a single agency to administer to the needs of New Jersey’s population with vision loss was the culmination of a wave of social conscience that swept the country in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This was in no small part inspired by the advocacy of then-media-figure Helen Keller. As a result, significant strides were made toward equalizing opportunities for people with vision loss.

The New Jersey Commission for the Blind was established in 1910 under the leadership of Lydia Young Hayes, a teacher who lost her vision due to an injury at the age of nine. The agency’s first assignment was to compile a registry of the state’s residents with vision loss. By the end of the year, 750 people living from Bergen County to Cape May were registered.

Also during that first year, Miss Hayes and another teacher, Janet Paterson, established the state’s first integrated classes for students with and without vision loss in the Newark school system, based on an innovative philosophy that integrated classes provided blind students with the educational tools and exposure necessary for a smooth assimilation into society.

The Commission will observe the centennial anniversary by sharing in a variety of events and activities presented by groups and organizations working cooperatively with the Commission to address the needs and concerns of New Jersey’s residents with vision loss. hip’s LEAD Program jumped the gun with the first event in the autumn of 2009 in recognition of this wonderful occasion. The Concordia School for the Blind at St. Joseph’s, the Little Rock Foundation, the State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, and the NJ affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind are planning events. “Historical snapshots” will be an integral part of the centennial celebration: the personal reminiscences of people who share a connection with the Commission, either through employment or through CBVI’s influence on their life experiences. Photos or artifacts from some stage in the past 100 years would also be appreciated.

All of New Jersey has reason to be proud of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, not only because we were one of the first states to establish such an agency, but also because our state remains a front-runner in the field of services for persons with vision loss and in the prevention of blindness. To join the CBVI Centennial Listserv orfor further information, please e-mail:
 
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  Chris Gagliardi Named to Special Needs Post ...
  
 Chris Gagliardi Named to Special Needs Post in 37th District

Christpher C. Gagliardi, a longtime hip member and a recent contender for an Assembly seat in New Jersey’s 37th District, has been named Special Needs Outreach Coordinator in the legislative office of Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. The first person to hold this position, Chris says it is and will continue to be his life’s work to "fight the good fight for all those who have any kind of physical or mental challenge." In addition to his over-arching mission to work for protection against discrimination towards people with disabilities, Chris has said that one of his initiatives will be to examine the consequences of bullying in school and to strive to prevent it from happening. He also hopes to increase awareness about the world of autism (his disability) and to live up to the expectations of all who have encouraged and supported him. We wish Chris well in this important new position, and we extend "kudos" to Assemblywoman Huttle for creating this important new position.
 
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  NCD Releases Report on State of Housing ...
  
 The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report titled The State of Housing in America in the 21st Century: A Disability Perspective. The report provides recommendations to improve housing opportunities for people with disabilities. The research contained in this report presents a comprehensive overview of the state of housing in the 21st century, and answers important questions about the current housing needs and options for people with disabilities living in the United States. This information has recently been updated, and can be read by visiting this link: disability.gov/housing/news_%26_events.
 
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  Students Preparing for College with YES! Program..
  
 Students Preparing for College Work with YES! Program and Hudson County Community College

Hudson hip’s Transition Coordinator will conduct college prep workshops specifically for graduating seniors applying to college. She will meet with groups of seniors at their respective high schools in the coming weeks to help them develop their high school resumes. The resume will contain the student’s vocational and educational goals, learning styles, needed accommodations, high school course of studies, extra-curricular activities, and contact information.

The workshops will be held jointly with Hudson County Community College’s Coordinator of Disability Support Services (DSS). The collaboration will assist students who will be requesting disability-related services while enrolled in college to take the necessary steps in order to:

-identify themselves to Disability Support Services (DSS).
-register with Disability Support Services (DSS).
-provide documentation identifying the necessary accommodations.

This collaboration between the high schools, colleges, and hip is a major component in ensuring a smooth transition from high school into college.

For more information, contact Marian Padilla, Independent Living Transition Coordinator, at Hudson hip. Call the office or e-mail: mpadilla.hud@hipcil.org.
 
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  Looking for Ways to Give to hip??
  
 In addition to always-welcome unrestricted gifts, hip suggests several other channels of giving that may appeal to our friends.

Laura’s Legacy, a fund created by the hip Board in memory of the daughter of Board member Lillian Ciufo, helps a family or an individual in need when the occasion arises. Recipients are identified by hip staff and Board members. Laura Ciufo fully understood the concept of helping others. Her spirit continues to be with us as we assist others in her name.

Tribute Cards to extend best wishes or congratulations for happy events, or to express sympathy, are available at hip. Attractively designed on cream-colored stock with burgundy ink, the cards are personalized for you with the occasion or a brief tribute and the sender’s name. A phone call and a contribution to hip will send your card on its way to an appreciative recipient.

Our New Journey helps families in crisis as they wade through the complicated maze of suddenly becoming caregivers to a family member who is ill or has a disability. Board member Anne Ciavaglia McMahon created and manages this program; her professional history dealing with disability issues and particularly with our aging population is impressive.

Matching Gift Programs. Employees of companies that offer to match gifts to non-profit organizations can double their contributions to hip.

Gifts to hip can also be made using VISA or MasterCard (minimum $30, please). Call 201-996-9100 or give by e-mail: ber@hipcil.org. Gifts to hip may also be sent by U.S, mail to Trish Carney, Director of Finance, Heightened Independence & Progress, 131 Main Street, Suite 120, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
 
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  Full Speed Ahead with the Bergen YES! Program
  
 The Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) program, a self-advocacy program for students between the ages of 14 and 21, provided 85 self-advocacy workshops to 12 schools from September to December. The workshops are designed to improve students’ self-advocacy skills. The YES! Transition Coordinator also provided information at a parents' meeting and the "Access for All" event in Ridgewood on October 2nd. For more information, or to set up free workshops with your school, please contact Sarah Derico at the Bergen CIL ext. 13, or email her at sderico.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Introducing Our Bergen hip Intern
  
 Maria Samaniego has joined Bergen hip as an intern for the Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) Program. She is currently a student at Bergen Tech and has lived in Carlstadt since the 5th grade. Maria has competed in the SkillsUSA Vocational Industrial Clubs of America competition and received third place in the culinary division. Maria plans to attend Bergen Community College next fall and is considering majoring in either psychology or social work. When she completes her studies at BCC, she plans to move on to Montclair State University to study for her bachelor’s degree.

Maria worked with her job coach at Bergen Tech to find an internship in order to learn more about different professions, and hip seemed to offer the ideal opportunity. While interning at hip, she is assisting the Independent Living Transition Coordinator with the presentation of workshops, using her bilingual skills to assist Spanish-speaking students, putting together outreach materials, and researching resources for students. Maria feels confident that the improvement of her skills through her internship will help her with future employment.
 
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  VALUING DIVERSITY ...
  
 VALUING DIVERSITY, EDUCATING LEADERS, PROMOTING RESPECT...

The American Conference on Diversity honors individuals and organizations annually "for their outstanding work in serving the overall best interests of the Bergen and Passaic region."

hip Executive Director Eileen Goff received the organization’s 2009 Community Service Award at a ceremony on October 29th at the Royal Manor in Garfield. Jacqueline Kates, Chair of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter, is shown here with Eileen, and hip Board members Betty Fetzer (left) and Jean Csaposs.
 
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  Outpouring of Holiday Generosity
  
 Hundreds of wrapped holiday gifts poured into the Bergen hip office, starting as early as Thanksgiving and continuing into December in the days preceding Chanukah and Christmas. A tradition has taken hold among parishioners of St. Peter the Apostle Church, River Edge, who for several years have deluged our agency with gifts at holiday time destined for families served by hip in Bergen and Hudson Counties. We are grateful in particular to Chris Black and Martha Mulligan for their coordination of this great effort. The Volunteer Center of Bergen County was similarly generous through its holiday gift gathering program “All Wrapped Up.” Debbie Emery of the Center merits special appreciation for her outstanding coordination of this bountiful outpouring of generosity. Special thanks must also be extended to Ruth Ann Kordell and the Wallace family, who jointly “adopted” a hip family, and to David Ashley, through whose efforts hip received two dozen cartons of assorted clothing that was shared throughout the community. At the hip office, the donations were received and the distribution coordinated by Paula Walsh (shown on here with just a few of the wrapped gifts) and Trish Carney. It was hard to find an empty space in the Board room as the bags, filled to the brim, and the stacks of presents filled up every available corner for several weeks, but there was great joy in being part of this festival of giving. Thanks, one and all! – Eileen Goff
 
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  "A New Day: We’re Listening!"
  
 A Message from Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor:
ODEP and its Federal agency partners are holding a series of disability employment “Listening Sessions” in six cities throughout the country. Each “Listening Session” is an opportunity for members of the public to provide input to senior Federal officials on: 1) more effective ways to employ all people with disabilities, including women, Veterans, and members of minorities with disabilities; (2) what community organizations are currently doing to increase employment of people with disabilities and open career paths to them; and (3) how participation of people with disabilities in federal employment and contracting can be increased.
On March 3rd in Boston, we New Jersey residents and organizations will have our turn. Every reader of hipNews can participate either in person or “long distance” through e-mail, fax, or U.S mail. ODEP seeks input particularly from:

  • -Individuals and consumers: youth and adults with disabilities, parents and caregivers;

  • -Employers: public and private;

  • -Service providers and advocacy organizations (such as employment services and partners): Independent Living Centers, One-Stops, and State Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.

The registration and comment period for New Jersey is February 3rd – March 5th. How to get on board? Specifics will be available when the registration period for the Boston session is posted. For now, visit the ODEP website (www.dol.gov/odep/index.htm) or go directly to www.disabilitylisteningtour.com to hear and read Ms. Martinez’s message.

ODEP’s mission: A World In Which People With Disabilities Have Unlimited Employment Opportunities
 
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  Health Care Bills On the Brink
  
 In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly agree that our country’s health care system needs a severe overhaul. Yet, at this writing, after so many months of emotionally-charged town meetings and much hot debate in Congress, the issues have still not been resolved. The Senate and the House of Representatives have come up with significantly different bills. Healthcare costs, a "public option," and abortion funding are still hot issues, as yet unresolved. Millions lack health care, and many receive only marginal care because of an inability to pay. It is deeply disturbing and difficult to comprehend that the richest nation in all of history is home to so many hardworking men and women who have no health care insurance whatsoever.

A recent column by Nicholas D. Kristof in the New York Times gives a poignant illustration of the urgency of America’s health care crisis. "Are We Going to Let John Die?" on the Times’s Op Ed page on November 29, told of John Brodniak, a 23-year-old Oregon mill foreman. John had basic health insurance and was newly married. Several days after his wedding John blacked out. MRIs and CAT scans revealed that John had a huge abnormal growth of blood vessels which was leaking blood into his brain. He began to endure intense pain, had trouble walking, and would collapse without warning. John was not able to work and eventually lost his job, and as a consequence, also lost his health insurance! His bride had health insurance at her job, but found that she couldn’t add her husband to her insurance because of his pre-existing condition. John was refused service at his local hospital emergency room and told not to return. He didn’t have the requisite health insurance to cover the needed surgery.

John’s condition deteriorated to the point that his wife, Esther, had to quit her job to take care of him. Now they have no income and neither has health insurance! Neighbors have helped to provide some of their basic needs, and a community program is paying their rent. While they were not homeless at the time the article was written, bills were piling up, and he hasn’t been able to locate a doctor that will accept him as a patient for surgery.

Catastrophic Illness Often Uncovered

Another deeply disturbing reality is that countless other hardworking individuals who do have health insurance experience a catastrophic illness and are shocked to find out that significant portions of the cost for their care are not covered. The following details were shared with me by the mother of a 17-year-old girl with autism, who was discovered to have been born with only one dysplastic kidney, causing serious kidney disease.

"We have a middle class income, good health insurance, no credit card debt, and we owned our own home," this mom told me. Indeed, they did everything right. They lived responsibly and planned for their needs wisely. In addition to dealing with the trauma of their daughter’s serious health issues, they also had to cope with constant rejections from their insurance company of claims for various therapies prescribed by her doctors: behavioral therapy for the autism, nutritional supplements, special renal diets and supplements. Because most of these treatments were not covered by their health insurance (pre-existing conditions were cited as one of the reasons for their denial), these parents quickly amassed more than $45,000 in debt and were going to lose their home.

Health Care A Broken System

These are only two stories among millions–people who are struggling every day, living with untreated illness and often suffering with serious pain while trying to cope with mounting unpaid bills because of uncovered medical costs. They live day-to-day with the fear of financial ruin. Add to this the fear that the health of their loved ones will eventually decline because they will be unable to obtain the necessary medical care. These are our friends, our relatives, our neighbors, and in some cases, ourselves. Our current system is clearly broken! Every citizen must be committed to doing everything we can to change, really change, the way our health care is managed.

The Senate and House bills will soon be subjected to the "reconciliation" process. All of us should follow this process closely and let our lawmakers in both Houses know where we stand on various aspects of the bills. One voice may seem futile, but many voices will be heard. We need to put an end to the "pre-existing condition" exclusion. We must create a ceiling for the cost ofcatastrophic care so that no longer will people become impoverished because they fall ill. We must come up with a solution people can afford. Time has run out. We need to act now! Visit the hip website if you need to know how to contact our two New Jersey Senators and your Congressional District’s Member of the House of Representatives.
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Editor’s Note: At press time, the unexpected loss of a Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts has thrown health care legislation into limbo. Without a filibuster-proof majority, the 60 Senate votes needed for passage of a final bill are no longer assured, and the entire health care legislative effort is in jeopardy.
 
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  We Mourn...
  
 Janet Marcus, a longtime hip member, who died early in January; and Edward Levy, husband of former Board member Margaret Cook Levy, who died in December after a long illness.
 
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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) is celebrating 30 years of service. hip not only continues to provide vital assistance through information, referral, advocacy, and peer support, but also offers a wide variety of programs to people with all types of disabilities in Bergen and Hudson Counties. Some programs have statewide, even national impact. The following is a summary of hip programs.

A New Journey provides financial help to families newly impacted by the onset of illness or disability. Contact: Anne Ciavaglia McMahon (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), 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)

Comprehensive Independent Living Suppport (CILS), a new program providing short-term or ongoing assistance to individuals in Hudson County to remain in the community. Contact: Claudia Urdanivia (Hudson)

Hispanic Outreach Program directs all Independent Living services to individuals with disabilities of Hispanic origin, in English and Spanish. Contact: Lucy Montalvo (Bergen) or Marily Gonzalez (Hudson)

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)

Polio Network of New Jersey – The Ruprecht Fund. hip administers this fund for PNNJ to help polio survivors in New Jersey finance necessary products and services. Contact: Maria Valentin (Bergen)

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), provides ongoing care management services through assessment, linkage, and coordination for people with disabilities (18-59). Contact: Alicia Freda

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

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): A new state-funded case management program for New Jersey residents who have survived an acquired brain injury, for services and supports they need to live in the community. Contact: Paula Walsh and Alicia Freda (Bergen); Marily Gonzalez (Hudson)

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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  President Obama Announces New Initiatives
  
 President Obama Announces New Disability Employment Initiatives

During last October’s Disability Employment Awareness Month, the President announced, "My Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans have the chance to fulfill their potential and contribute to our nation. Across this country, millions of people with disabilities are working or want to work, and they should have access to the support and services they need to succeed. As the nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government and its contractors can lead the way by implementing effective employment policies and practices that increase opportunities and help workers achieve their full potential. We must also rededicate ourselves to fostering an inclusive work culture that welcomes the skills and talents of all qualified employees. That’s why I’ve asked the responsible agencies to develop new plans and policies to help increase employment across America for people with disabilities."

Some of the steps the Obama Administration says it will take include: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will sponsor a day-long Federal Government-wide job fair for people with disabilities. The Fair will take place in early spring 2010. OPM, ODEP, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Defense’s office on Computer and Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) will provide workshops throughout the day on a variety of topics including the Schedule A hiring waiver and the right to reasonable accommodations, including assistive and communications technology.

A variety of other initiatives were described, among them: the Department of Justice will release a video that will identify and respond to a number of common myths held by employers about workers with disabilities. Also, OPM will create and lead a task force from key Federal Departments and agencies on their model practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing employees with disabilities. The report will identify and promote successful practices for conducting outreach, recruiting, hiring qualified candidates, successful accommodations, and providing opportunities for career advancement at all levels.
 
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  Holiday Party 2009
  
 A Warm Celebration on a Cold Winter’s Day!!!

hip’s annual holiday party, held for the first time at the DoubleTree Hotel, Fort Lee, brought 190 hardy party-goers through rain, snow, and wind, to dine and dance on Sunday, December 13th. The larger banquet hall enabled our LEAD students to attend for the first time, and we even had the joy of celebrating the 90th birthday of Carl Hess, husband of longtime volunteer Rhea Hess. Greig Atkinson supplied great music and there were gifts for all. A great tradition continues!
 
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  It’s On Again... The Nifty Fifty!!!!
  
 Once again this year hip is offering the Nifty Fifty, with a chance to win big bucks!!! This year, we hope to raise $12,500, half of which will go to three lucky winners, and half to hip. Each ticket will sell for only $50, and ONLY 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at hip’s annual fundraising dinner dance on May 1st. "Cinco de Mayo," a well known Mexican fiesta, is this year’s theme for our Night of Entertainment and fun.

Two or More People Can Share a Ticket . . .and the Winnings!!

Even with the recent downturn in the economy, most of hip’s programs are thriving; our range of assistance is ever expanding, although cutbacks in public funding are being felt. So that hip can continue–and hopefully enhance–our services to people with disabilities during these difficult times, we are once again asking our friends to give even more. You are one of those friends. We hope you will take as many tickets in our Nifty Fifty as your budget allows. First prize, $3,500; second prize, $1,750; third prize, $1,000. (If all tickets are not sold, the prizes will be awarded as follows: 28%, 14%, and 8%.) Tickets can be shared as well, so that two or more lucky winners can divide their prize!
Please use the form below to purchase your ticket(s) now! And thanks to all in advance for your continuing dedication to the cause of Independent Living for People with Disabilities.

Send checks to: -hip 131 Main Street, #120, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Attn: Nifty Fifty.

For any questions, call 201-996-9100, Ext.11.

Please send me _______ ticket(s) at $50 each for the
Nifty Fifty. Enclosed is my check for $_____________.
I prefer to use my n Visa n MasterCard.
Name on card
Card number
Expiration date Cardholder signature
Ticketholder(s) name(s)
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City State Zip
Phone (specify day or evening)
Winners need not be present.
 
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  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with hip!!
  
 Join us to celebrate hip’s 30th anniversary year on the first Saturday in May. Our annual gala dinner dance will take place on May 1st at the Fort Lee Recreation Center, with a "Cinco de Mayo" theme. The traditional Mexican fiesta is a joyous holiday celebrated with food and fun just about everywhere, so we’re planning a local fiesta with one of hip’s very special parties. Gary Morton, who has become the favorite entertainer at our spring gala, will be on hand once again to keep the dance floor hopping. In addition to dining, dancing, and prizes, our "Cinco de Mayo" gala will be highlighted by the announcement of winners of this year’s Nifty Fifty. Don’t miss it!!!

Invitations will be mailed to hip members and friends in March, but we urge party-goers to save the date now and watch for the mail!
 
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  hip Thanks New and Renewing Members ...
  
 hip thanks the following "early birds" for joining or rejoining our Center for Independent Living for the year 2010! We appreciate your prompt and loyal support!


An Anonymous Life MemberTamalia Amy AbramsMiriam Abrams-Arnold
Todd AdamsLuiza & Olivia AlbuquerqueRoselyn Altman
Ivis AlvarezPeter AmbroseSusan AndrewsKevin Angelini
James ArkillsMichael AugustowiczBarbara BantaTina Barbulean & Family
Linda BarrMegan Barron Walter A. Bartolomucci, Jr.Deborah Baumann-Dasilva
Annie G. BeenThomas J. BengaffGilbert BensonSharon Berman
Joan C. BerminghamDarrell & Tamiko Bethea *Paula BloomJerry Bojko
Barbara BraveRosalind BrownScott & Debbie BuckwaldElaine Buckwald
George & Mildred Bullerdick(Mary) Ruth BurkeDaniel, Brenda & Jerry Calabrese
Tonielle CardinalleChristine & Theresa CalauttiAlfred & Mary CarneyTom & Susan Carney
Trish CarneyCarol ChaquepumaKay Chase *Armine Chilian
Philip J. ChirafisiRobert CiavagliaDanielle Ciccone & familyLillian Ciufo
Barbara B. Comerford, Esq. +James CorbettSonia CordovaBetsy Cousins-Coleman
& familyJean Csaposs *Mario & Veronica DeAppolonioRev. Dr. Cathy Deats
John Michael Della ValleRalph M. DeSimoneJohn C. DeWitt *Donald J. Disch
Josephine N. DonalsonSally DotyJames F. DoughertyBarbara Dublin *
J. Robert Duffy *Dennis DusevicGeorge O. Dyer, lllPatricia Ebel
Barbara EckerElite Healthcare, Inc. +Austin EpsteinLottie Esteban
Anne FactorEdward FedushGlenn FeinbergBetty Fetzer *
Virginia FlynnBeldeen FortunatoIrene FrankBeverly J. Frost
Geraldine GalvinLaurie GalvinDavid & Rose Ann GarippaMelissa Gates
Natalie Glicksman *Eileen Goff *Alan Gold Marily Gonzalez
Diana GuerreroMary Jo Hackett + Rehab. ConsultingAdam Harries & family
BoJane HeapJulie HobartNancy & Leonard HodginsRichard Hodgman & Associates +
Henry HofWillie HudleyWalter T. JablonskiJay Janiec
Laurence JohnNancy JudgeRosemarie KasperGeraldine Kearns
Stefanie KeiserMichelle Keller & familyNaseera Tasneem KhanJoan F. Klug *
Mary KeoughTimothy KerrEstelle KrumenakerEllen LaFurn
Jeanne LaraiaVirginia L. LaughlinSusan LeeMarie C. Lewis
Gloria LiebersteinJudith LiebmanRichard LillisCarmela Link
Roy Lippin *Joyce & Leonard Malech *Joseph MarinoDenise Anne Marshall
Helen Marshall *William MatthewsOlga MelgarejoAnn Melone *
Luis M. MendezTiiu MessnerBarbara MeuserDr. Frances Meyer *
Lisa H. MillerNancy Oliver MitchellJoseph MoleeNicholas W. Moreth, Jr.
Letty J. Munz, Ph.D.Amy MyersJohann MullingsMartha Nebeling
Hyacinthe NkurunzizaJoseph NocitoEric & Pilar OdenheimBeverly Offt
Rosemary OvertonMargaret PapageorgiouJi Hyeoe ParkEsther Peace
Andrew PecorellaDon PerlmanAdor M. PeraltaMarianne Pigoncelli *
Toni PinesShirley PizzaDavid PopielAnne Marie Prendergast
Abby Lifts. Inc. +Melanie Reach & familyJoseph RevelloRosemarie Rose
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  We Thank these Generous Donors ...
  
 We Thank these Generous Donors for Recent Contributions

The Schenck Fund, Bergenfield Lions, Moorestown Lions, and all of the wonderful people who contributed holiday gifts for us to distribute throughout the community.
 
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  An Unasked Health Care Question
  
 An Unasked Health Care Question
by Kathy Wood, Director, Hudson hip

Much of the current debate in Congress and the news media about pending reforms to the health care system focuses on what medical tests, treatments, and procedures will be covered by an overhauled system. One question that has gotten little or no attention is, "What about personal responsibility for our well being?" Most Americans rely on medical professionals to treat conditions after they have developed. While this is certainly appropriate, the rising incidence of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions demonstrates that we all need to take a more active role in our own health care.

OBESITY PREVALENT AMONG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

People with disabilities have specific concerns. According to the National Center for Physical Activity and Disability, The prevalence of obesity among people with disabilities is significantly higher than in the general population. For example, people with intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to weight gain. Some experts believe this is related to the types of medications they are taking along with high consumption of fats and lack of physical activity. For people with mobility limitations, scooters and powered wheelchairs have certainly made it easier to get around at home and in the community. However, they may also be playing a role in rising obesity rates. Not having to push a manual chair or walk short distances with a cane, crutches, or walker may result in the individual expending fewer calories per day, leading to a greater storage of body fat. The less people use their own muscular systems to burn calories, the more likely they are to become obese and de-conditioned.
So, what can you do to improve your health? If you are an adult with a disability, regular physical activity can provide you with important health benefits, like a stronger heart, lungs, and muscles, a more positive outlook, and a better ability to do everyday tasks. It’s best to talk with your health care provider before you begin a physical activity routine. Try to get advice from a professional with experience in physical activity for people with disabilities. They can tell you more about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for you and your abilities.

The following is a list of Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Disabilities from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • -Adults with disabilities, who are able to, should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, spread throughout the week.

  • -Adults with disabilities, who are able to, should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or high intensity that involve all major muscle groups on two or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.

  • -When adults with disabilities are not able to meet the Guidelines, they should engage in regular physical activity according to their abilities and should avoid inactivity.

  • -Adults with disabilities should consult their health-care provider about the amounts and types of physical activity that are appropriate for their abilities.


Aerobic activity can include walking (with or without assistive devices), pushing a manual wheelchair, or swimming. Yoga or Tai Chi (which can be done sitting or standing) are excellent for flexibility Simple items such as soup cans, wrist weights, or heavy elastic bands (such as Therabands) can be used to build muscle. For specific information, contact the National Center for Physical Activity and Disability at www.NCPAD.org.

Whatever exercise routine you choose, remember that having a disability does not eliminate the need to be as physically active as possible. Every "body" needs to be active in order to get and stay healthy.
 
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  Hudson hip Welcomes New Staff Member
  
 Hudson hip is pleased to welcome Claudia Urdanivia, who began working as care manager for the Comprehensive Independent Living Support (CILS) program on October 1st. Claudia is a graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology. She is currently enrolled in a Community Development Certificate program which strongly focuses on community and stakeholder involvement regarding decisions on various issues.

Claudia’s interests include environmental advocacy, reading, running, hiking and biking. She has volunteered for organizations such as NJ Community Water Watch, United Way of Passaic, and AmeriCorps. She has had experience in community outreach to bring environmental education to persons living in impoverished communities and has conducted major site clean-ups. She previously worked as a school aide for children with neurological, developmental and learning disabilities. Claudia has worked as a student research assistant, collecting and interpreting statistical data as well as
pursuing ethnographic research. She is committed to advocacy for social justice. She feels strongly that this commitment is especially relevant to her position as care manager: she assists individuals to implement the independent living philosophy and make choices about how they live their lives.
 
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