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2012 Annual Meeting, November 20th
The Meadowlands Environment Center
Bergen YES! Summer Program
Women’s Support Group Tackles Tough Questions
SIL and SNAP Come Together to Help Woman in Need
“Eating Good, Feeling Good, Looking Good!”
Hello to Autumn, Goodbye to Summer!
CASP Program Helps Maintain Independence
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
A Message from Commissioner Jennifer Velez
The United Nations and Persons with Disabilities
Help Available for Women with Breast Cancer
Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
“We’re Here” and We Vote!
A FAMILY’S SUPPORT OF THE LEAD PROGRAM
LEAD - Training the Trainers
hip’s Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Continues
Pot O’ Gold Raffle Under Way!
Save the Date for the Holiday Party!
Field Trips Energize Students in Hudson YES!
Timothy Kerr Honored
Hudson hippies Enjoy An Evening of Mirth
hip’s Trisha Ebel Excels in Gran Fondo Bike Ride
Our New Journey to Hold Beefsteak Dinner Nov. 9th
VOTING... A Right? A Privilege? An Obligation?
On the hip Honor Roll
HOP Reaches Underserved Population
We Mourn…
Annual Appeal Under Way!
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  2012 Annual Meeting, November 20th
  
 2012 Annual Meeting, November 20th: Look Forward to a New Setting and a Strong Voice For People with Disabilities

A new location and a compelling speaker will make the 2012 Annual Meeting an evening to remember for hip members and friends, on Tuesday, November 20th. The Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, an ecological landmark known worldwide, will be a first-time setting for our yearly gathering, starting at 7 p.m.
Our speaker, Steven Benvenisti, Esq., demonstrates a strong commitment to representing the needs of the disabled community in his law practice. He has chosen a provocative title – “Spring Break” – for his talk on confronting major life challenges.
Mr. Benvenisti is among fewer than 3% of New Jersey attorneys designated by the Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. In 2010 and 2011, he was included on the list of “Super Lawyers” of New Jersey and on the national “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” list.
Also on the evening’s program will be a review of another year of achievement for hip by CEO Eileen Goff, elections and re-elections to the Board of Trustees, and reports of fund-raising activities by the Board and generous friends of hip.
 
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  The Meadowlands Environment Center
  
 We’re Meeting at The Famous Meadowlands Environment Center!

The Meadowlands Environment Center was formed to increase awareness and enjoyment of our vital ecosystem. The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and Ramapo College of New Jersey entered into a partnership in 2003 to develop a comprehensive environmental education program for schools and the general public. Together, the Commission and the experienced team of educators from Ramapo College encourage the use of the environment as a classroom, increase awareness of the resources of the Meadowlands, and help communities recognize the critical issues that affect the Meadowlands District.
The Center provides “life-long” learning programs for young children, families, adults, older adults, and members of the community who have disabilities.
Hands-on educational programs for grades K-12 are a strong component of the Center’s programs. An experienced team of educators introduce students to a variety of topics while satisfying the NJ Core Curriculum standards. Through “inquiry learning” and cross-curricular activities, students and their teachers experience the best of New Jersey’s unique wetlands.
 
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  Bergen YES! Summer Program
  
 College Campus Setting Enlivens Bergen YES! Summer Program
by Alanna Staton, Independent Living Transition Coordinator

The YES! program once again held a very successful summer program for students in Bergen County. The four-day intensive session in August was aptly named V.I.P., also known as the summer Vocational Independence Program. Six students, from 14 to 21 years old, attended the program on the Lyndhurst campus of Bergen Community College. Holding the program on a college campus excited the students. “I feel like I’m in college!” exclaimed Greg, a participant from Hawthorne.
Not only did students get the chance to learn necessary vocational skills, they also completed the program with a usable resume and a cover letter to use for future employment applications. One participant, Steve, was so inspired by the resume-writing workshop that he sent his resume and cover letter to a prospective employer on the same day.
Each day, BCC opened the college cafeteria to the students for lunch, making them feel even more a part of college life. Guest speakers with knowledge about transition skills, independent living, and vocational independence informed students about what to expect after high school. The sessions concluded with a mock interview, giving participants a chance to practice everything they had learned throughout the week.
 
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  Women’s Support Group Tackles Tough Questions
  
 by Trisha Ebel, Bergen Group Leader

When is the right time to ask for help? When is the right time to turn down help? What type of uncomfortable situation have you been in while out shopping due to your disability? How did you handle it? These are some of the questions that the Bergen hip Women’s Support Group members ask one another at their monthly sessions. A different topic highlights each meeting. Domestic Violence Against Women with Disabilities has been a recent discussion issue.
One of the best reasons to sponsor a women’s group is for all of us to come together and be able to speak freely about our feelings, as well as to discuss how to handle certain situations. We feel comfortable with one another and can speak from the heart. We know that we are not the only ones who face struggles in our daily lives. In addition to sharing resources and information, we have a really great time together for those two hours. A personal perspective: the ladies in the group are dynamite!
If you are a woman with a disability who might be interested in joining us, please call Trisha in the Bergen office, Ext. 10. Our group meets at the hip office on the second Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
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  SIL and SNAP Come Together to Help Woman in Need
  
 SIL and SNAP Come Together to Help Woman in Need
by Jessica Marchione, SIL Care Manager

Support for Independent Living (SIL) is a hip program that provides care management services to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 59. SIL care managers recently worked with a 49-year-old woman who had a bulging disc in her back, vertigo, and carpal tunnel syndrome. She lives in a very small upstairs apartment with no place to store her perishable food. Through SNAP, hip’s Special Needs Assistance Program, we were able to purchase a small refrigerator for her. She was “thrilled” that she could now properly store nutritious food.
Because she has a very limited monthly income, the SIL program manager also helped with an application for food stamps. With a link-up to Bergen County Transportation services, she is now able to get out to the supermarket and doctor’s appointments without having to rely on friends and family members. The SIL program stands ready to help others deal with life’s difficult situations. Call Jessica Marchione at Bergen hip or e-mail: jmarchione.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  “Eating Good, Feeling Good, Looking Good!”
  
 “Eating Good, Feeling Good, Looking Good!”
by Jayne Gugenheim

An excellent turnout of 35 hip members attended a seminar on nutrition and healthy living at the Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack on the evening of October 2nd. A lively, interactive conversation was led by Danielle Cinnante, MS, a health educator from the Valley Hospital. Danielle was very knowledgeable and answered many questions from the group about proper food choices, living well, and exercise.
 
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  Hello to Autumn, Goodbye to Summer!
  
 Hello to Autumn, Goodbye to Summer!

Thirty hip friends responded eagerly to the invitation to meet at Main Dish, Hackensack, on September 14th, for a “hip first,” a luncheon marking the passage from summer to fall. Guests enjoyed one another’s company, a poetry reading, exchange of information, and delicious food! Organized by Trisha Ebel, Bergen hip’s newest staff member, the event was a huge success. “Being at hip not even four months, it was such a pleasure to meet some hip friends for the first time,” said Trisha. She thanked her team for their invaluable help in organizing the event. “I’m happy that so many were interested in attending. Due to the overwhelming demand, I’m sure we’ll do this again!”
 
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  CASP Program Helps Maintain Independence
  
 CASP Program Helps Maintain Independence
by Sherri Krupnik, CASP Care Manager

The Caregiver Assistance and Support Program (CASP) provides services both to individuals who are disabled or chronically ill and to their caregivers (when one of the two is over age 60). hip’s care managers assist the recipient and the caregiver(s) to access resources and supports to maintain their independence in the community.
We recently worked with a 69-year-old woman living alone who has MS as well as other medical conditions. She needs an aide to help her with housekeeping, meal preparation, and safe bathing. Her caregiver is her daughter who herself has a full life and a family of her own to care for. She feels overwhelmed. The daughter was contributing a great deal to her mother’s financial support and wasn’t sure she could continue due to some changes in her own life. The hip care manager worked with both mother and daughter to explore eligibility for programs to ease the financial burden. A careful review of the mother’s assets revealed that she was eligible for the Medicaid waiver program, Global Options. A nurse and hip’s care manager visited the home to help gather the required financial documents and provide emotional support and guidance throughout the application process. The daughter was thankful that someone was there to explain their options and guide them through this difficult period. This is only one example of the services people receive through this outstanding program on an ongoing basis. Contact Bergen hip for assistance from a care manager.
 
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  National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  
 From the Federal Office of Disability Employment Policy
National Disability Employment Awareness Month In Full Swing Across the Nation

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is upon us! Held annually in October, NDEAM is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, and organizations across the country are participating in a variety of ways. The theme for this year’s observance is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?”
In his October 1st Proclamation, President Obama said, “In 2012, the Office of Personnel Management reported on our progress, revealing that we are moving toward meeting our goal of hiring an additional 100,000 people with disabilities into the Federal workforce over 5 years. Today, more people with disabilities work for the Federal Government than at any time in the past 20 years, and we are striving to make it easier to get and keep those jobs by improving compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.”
In her blog post for that day, “The Value of Work,” Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez said: “Put simply, work is fundamental to identity. It means so much more than a paycheck; it offers purpose and the opportunity to lead a more independent, self-directed life for all people – including millions of Americans with disabilities. I say this with conviction because I am one of those millions of people.”
hipNews readers with access to the Internet can visit the website of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the Department of Labor: www.dol.gov/odep/ and read the full text of the President’s Proclamation, Secretary Martinez’s life story as a person with a major disability, and up-to-date news about National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
 
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  A Message from Commissioner Jennifer Velez
  
 DHS State of New Jersey Department of Human Services
A Message from Commissioner Jennifer Velez

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. In recognition, the Department of Human Services will highlight Employment First, the philosophy and practice that promotes competitive employment as the first and preferred post-education activity for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Work can provide a sense of purpose, personal accomplishment, financial strength and self-determination. But for individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, mental illness or addiction disorders, finding an occupation can be elusive. As one of 14 states that recognize Employment First, New Jersey is setting new benchmarks – not just for people with disabilities – but for their families, school administrators, employers, government agencies, business leaders, and community partners.
We’ll be participating in several events and activities that advocate Employment First and we’ll be using DHS Connects and social media to highlight the personal stories of about 20 workers with disabilities. Please check our Facebook page regularly for updates. –Jennifer Velez
 
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  The United Nations and Persons with Disabilities
  
 The United Nations and Persons with Disabilities

The UN was founded on the principle of equality for all. The General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and the Preamble to the UN Charter affirms the dignity and worth of every human being and gives primary importance to the promotion of social justice. Persons with disabilities are, de facto, entitled to all the fundamental human rights upheld by the Charter and other human rights instruments.
Article 25 of the Declaration states that each person has “the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (CRPD)
As of April 2012, 153 UN member countries had signed on to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, including the United States (signed July 30th, 2009). Signing indicates support, but does not obligate compliance with its specific articles. Ratification legally binds a country to the specific articles of the treaty.
The CRPD has been ratified by 112 countries, but so far the United States has not. The Administration submitted the CRPD to the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2012. The Senate now must approve the resolution for ratification by a two-thirds vote. After this process is completed, the U.S. government would be formally obligated to uphold the principles expressed in the CRPD and ensure that disability rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, are appropriately enforced. The fully accessible text of the CRPD is available online at the address below. www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml)
 
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  Help Available for Women with Breast Cancer
  
 Help Available in Bergen and Hudson for Women with Breast Cancer

CancerCare’s Comprehensive Financial Assistance Program for Women with Breast Cancer provides direct financial assistance to women with breast cancer throughout Northern New Jersey for unmet needs, including transportation to and from treatment, homecare, childcare, pain medication, and lymphedema supplies. The program is sponsored by CancerCare in cooperation with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Jersey. This special program is available to Bergen and Hudson County women with a high priority in Hudson County.
Women will also be offered all of CancerCare’s free professional support services, including individual, group, and family counseling; education; information; practical assistance, and referrals. For more information, contact 800-813-HOPE (4673) or CancerCare Northern New Jersey at 201-444-6630.
In addition, Magnolia™ Eisai women’s oncology program, “Meals at Home,” is a free delivery program that provides nutritious meals to people living with breast cancer and their families. This program is currently being piloted in and around Woodcliff Lake. Participants will receive up to six monthly home meal deliveries that include up to seven meals designed to help meet the nutritional needs of people living with breast cancer, and up to 10 meals for family members.
To find out eligibility, visit www.MagnoliaMealsAtHome.com, or contact Kathy Nugent at CancerCare Northern New Jersey at 1-800-813-4673, ext. 6809.
 
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  Provisions in the Affordable Care Act
  
 Provisions in the Affordable Care Act for Young Adults Up to Age 26

YOUNG ADULT COVERAGE
Under the Affordable Care Act, if your plan covers children, you can now add or keep your children on your health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU
Before the health care law, insurance companies could remove enrolled children usually at age 19, sometimes older for full-time students. Now, most health plans that cover children must make coverage available to children up to age 26. By allowing children to stay on a parent’s plan, the law makes it easier and more affordable for young adults to get health insurance coverage.
Your children can join or remain on your plan even if they are: married, not living with you, attending school, not financially dependent on you, eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan
There is one temporary exception: Until 2014, “grandfathered” group plans do not have to offer dependent coverage up to age 26 if a young adult is eligible for group coverage outside their parent’s plan.
SOME IMPORTANT DETAILS
Your plan is required to provide a 30-day period – no later than the first day of your plan’s next “plan year” or “policy year” that begins on or after September 23, 2010 – to allow you to enroll your adult child. Your plan must notify you of this enrollment opportunity in writing.
If you enroll your adult child during this 30-day enrollment period, your plan must cover your adult child from the first day of that plan year or policy year.
NEED MORE INFORMATION? GO TO: WWW.HEALTHCARE.GOV/BLOG/2012/03/
YOUNGADULTS032112.HTML TO READ
• Abby’s Story: Health Coverage for Young Adults Under 26.
• Fact Sheet: Young Adults and the Affordable Care Act.
• Report: Number of Young Adults Gaining Insurance Due to the Affordable Care Act Now Tops 3 Million.
• HealthCare Blog: 2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Coverage Thanks to Health Law.
• Read answers to frequently asked questions about young adults and the Affordable Care Act.
• Find detailed technical and regulatory information and learn more about the background of this provision.
• Patient’s Bill of Rights: Learn about other consumer protections in the health care law.
• Use our interactive FAQ tool to find answers to insurance coverage-related questions or ask your own at answers.healthcare.gov.
 
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  “We’re Here” and We Vote!
  
 “We’re Here” and We Vote!

As the nation prepares for one of the most important elections in recent times, voters with disabilities throughout the country are speaking out ever more forcefully about issues that have an impact on our daily lives. Let the major candidates and your legislative representatives know that we care about and call for action of the following issues:
OUR HEALTH
• Access to affordable preventive and/or rehabilitative care, including for those with pre-existing conditions.
• Access to appropriate and affordable assistive devices.
OUR PARTICIPATION
• Removal of architectural barriers in government buildings and places of business.
• Removal of functional barriers as well as certain policies in the travel industry.
• Breaking down of attitudinal barriers that hamper our full participation as citizens and employees.
OUR HOMES
• Availability of affordable, accessible private homes and public housing, eliminating policies that favor institutionalization.
OUR RIGHTS
• Support for the original intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (www.ada.gov)
• Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and signature on its Optional Protocol. (www.un.org/disabilities/convention/conventionfull.shtml)
(EXCERPTED FROM THE “WE’RE STILL HERE” CAMPAIGN OF POST-POLIO HEALTH INTERNATIONAL – PHI)
 
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  A FAMILY’S SUPPORT OF THE LEAD PROGRAM
  
 A FAMILY’S HIGH EXPECTATIONS AND SUPPORT OF THE LEAD PROGRAM

During the summer months hip received this letter from a family whose teen-age daughter had recently graduated from the LEAD Program. The letter not only offers praise for LEAD, it demonstrates the commitment of a family whose child has been raised with the “roots and wings” to develop and have the opportunity to reach for the stars. Families of hundreds of LEAD participants have offered positive feedback over the years, however we want to share this eloquent letter knowing that it will inspire other families who may have concerns regarding their children’s future, to help them reach for the stars as well.
– Eileen Goff

OPEN LETTER TO CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE LEAD PARENTS
My daughter had the great fortune to participate in the LEAD program, administered by Heightened Independence & Progress (hip), and funded by the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, for the last four years. She was a member of the Central Region and enjoyed the fantastic support and leadership of Sherlock Washington and Ohmny Romero as her co-coordinators.
Born nine weeks premature and having cerebral palsy (CP), she is able to walk with assistance, typically through the use of crutches. She also has visual impairments stemming from the CP and an inherited eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP).
My daughter graduated from Summit High School recently, and will be attending college at Wright State University in the Dayton, Ohio area. Her mother and I are somewhat anxious about her attending school so far from home, but she is very excited by the prospect.
If you had suggested to us just a year or two ago that we would be willing to send our daughter off to a school that was so far away, we probably would have looked at you as though you were from Mars. It just didn’t seem realistic, given her significant challenges.
However, she has come a long way with the benefit of considerable help and support, including that obtained through the LEAD program. Not only did she benefit from the direct teaching of folks like Sherlock and Ohmny and other generous volunteers, but she also benefited from developing some very strong friendships and enjoying the fellowship of others her own age who face significant challenges of their own. The ability to interact with her peers was something that her school environment simply did not provide. I suspect that this may be the case with many others who participate in the LEAD program.
So, if you are a parent on the fence about whether to have your child enroll in the LEAD program or continue to participate in it, my message to you is simply this: Think about the value it can provide to your child in terms of the message it will send, the learning that can occur, and the socialization that can take place. It certainly made a difference with our child and perhaps it can with yours as well.
One of the great themes that the LEAD program teaches is for individuals with challenges to be willing to expect a lot of themselves and to celebrate when they are able to deliver on those high expectations. As parents, we can play a major role in reinforcing that message and supporting those who so generously and graciously seek to help our children.
– Jim Reach
 
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  LEAD - Training the Trainers
  
 Training the Trainers

LEAD coordinators gathered at the Crown Plaza in Edison on September 8th for a “Train the Trainers” event. The mentors received training from hip’s Alanna Staton on best practices for presenting information regarding the future direction of LEAD participants. This year’s LEAD students will not only continue participating in exciting social activities, but they will also become more prepared to enter today’s competitive workforce upon graduation by learning a wide array of vocational skills from their talented coordinator-mentors.
 
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  hip’s Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Continues
  
 hip’s Adjustment to Vision Loss Program Continues, Supported by the Merck Company Foundation

Adjustment to Vision Loss (AVL) continues to provide opportunities for people experiencing the loss of vision to gain information and support. AVL operates in the 14 northern and central counties of New Jersey. We thank the Merck Company Foundation for its continued support of this valuable program. Further information can be obtained by contacting Susan Vanino, AVL Coordinator at svanino.ber@hipcil.org.
 
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  Pot O’ Gold Raffle Under Way!
  
 Pot O’ Gold Raffle Under Way!

It’s on again! Raffle books are in the mail for the 2012 Pot O’ Gold. Don’t miss the chance to win substantial cash prizes. This year, the drawing will take place at our Annual Holiday Party on December 16th. Another good reason to mark your calendar for that festive party!
 
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  Save the Date for the Holiday Party!
  
 Save the Date!

A party no one wants to miss! hip’s Annual Holiday Party will be held on Sunday, December 16th at the Fort Lee DoubleTree Hotel, from Noon to 4 p.m. A wonderful dinner, dancing, gifts, and gaiety are in store for hip’s members, family, and friends. Watch for more details and how to sign up!
 
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  Field Trips Energize Students in Hudson YES!
  
 Field Trips Energize Students in Hudson YES! Summer Program
by Marian Padilla
Independent Living Transition Coordinator

This year’s Youth Envisioning Success (YES!) Summer Enrichment program was a huge success. The 4-week program combined sessions focusing on vocational, self-advocacy and independent living skills, with weekly field trips to reinforce what was learned in the classroom. This summer’s set-up was quite innovative: transition coordinators from hip and Harrison High School met with male students on Tuesdays and female students on Thursdays. Both groups combined on Wednesdays for the weekly field trips.
On the first field trip, 16 students enjoyed a complimentary lunch at Applebee’s, followed by an exclusive behind-the-scenes observation of the job responsibilities that go into creating memorable dining experiences at “America’s favorite neighborhood restaurant.”
A visit to Newark Liberty International Airport revealed an endless array of career opportunities from retail shops and fast food eateries to transportation facilities, including monorail and curbside shuttle operations, as well as security jobs, ranging from baggage screening to the Port Authority police and fire departments. An air traffic controller explained what that position involves.
The final field trip was a lesson in travel and independent living: students took the PATH train to Macy’s Herald Square for a lesson in retail operations including merchandise placement, marketing techniques, and customer interaction.
The YES! Summer Enrichment Program was truly a success, as it demonstrated to the students that there is a world of options available just outside their community, yet very much within reach.
For more information about the YES! program, the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN), or if you know a student or school that may benefit from hip’s programs and services, call Marian Padilla at Hudson hip or e-mail mpadilla.hud@hipcil.org.
 
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  Timothy Kerr Honored
  
 Timothy Kerr Honored
ACCOMPLISHMENTS CITED

Warmest congratulations to Timothy Kerr, longtime Hudson hip member, who was recently featured in the newsletter of the Windmill Alliance. Tim has been attending a work activities program at Windmill in Bayonne since 2009. The article discusses his many accomplishments including learning to use public transportation independently, and earning a 2nd degree black belt in Karate. Tim was also honored at hip’s 25th anniversary dinner dance in 2005 for his many accomplishments.
 
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  Hudson hippies Enjoy An Evening of Mirth
  
 Hudson hippies Enjoy An Evening of Mirth
by Kathy Wood

On a perfect early fall evening, 36 Hudson hippies gathered at the Secaucus Public Library to enjoy an evening filled with laughter as well as subtle but profound wisdom. Drew Horn, president of the Freehold-based “Turn A Frown Around Foundation,” shared his life experience as a person with a disability as well as what he did to progress from being house-bound to enjoying a career as a popular public speaker.
To everyone’s delight, Mr. Horn greeted attendees individually and requested permission to give each one a hug. The audience broke into peals of laughter as ragged stuffed animals appeared, then a fly swatter and a hula hoop – all to discourage negative thinking and encourage positive affirmations such as “happiness is a choice.” We left the meeting with smiles on our faces and some new ideas to carry into a more positive future.
 
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  hip’s Trisha Ebel Excels in Gran Fondo Bike Ride
  
 hip’s Trisha Ebel Excels in Gran Fondo Bike Ride

Over 1,700 cyclists gathered in Morristown for the second annual Gran Fondo bike ride on Sunday, September 9th. The bike ride was a fund-raising event to benefit The Seeing Eye, Homeless Solutions, Inc., and Grow It Green Morristown, all local charities. The Gran Fondo took place on four different courses that were 18, 43, 63, or 103 miles long. hip’s own Trisha Ebel took part in the 43-mile course to raise money for The Seeing Eye, a cause dear to her heart. Trisha’s dog Harlow was raised and trained in The Seeing Eye program.
According to event organizers, this year’s Gran Fondo was the biggest single bicycle ride in New Jersey history. Participants enjoyed the delicious refreshments at the rest stations and appreciated the cheers from onlookers along the way. The combination of beautiful weather and thousands of dollars raised for charity made this year’s Gran Fondo a huge success.
 
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  Our New Journey to Hold Beefsteak Dinner Nov. 9th
  
 Our New Journey to Hold Beefsteak Dinner Nov. 9th

Our New Journey will hold a beefsteak dinner on Friday evening, November 9, at the VFW Hall in Hasbrouck Heights, starting at 7 p.m. Prize drawings, entertainment, and gifts are features. Tickets are $45 per person.
Dedicated to working with one family at a time, Our New Journey, a hip program, gives hope and help to families faced with the unexpected onset of illness or disability. Funds raised
from the beefsteak dinner will assist families of elderly persons and people with disabilities in several ways: limited financial support for direct care assistance, individual guidance focused on understanding personal needs, help with locating available services, and caregiver peer-to-peer support.
Our New Journey is a free service, supported by individual donors and various fundraising activities. To purchase beefsteak dinner tickets, contact Anne Ciavaglia McMahon at 201-288-2867 or email anne@ournewjourney.org. For more information about Our New Journey, visit www.ournewjourney.org.
 
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  VOTING... A Right? A Privilege? An Obligation?
  
 VOTING... A Right? A Privilege? An Obligation?
HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE ABOVE?

November 6 is General Election Day. Every vote counts, from the Presidency of the United States all the way to local town and city councils!
REGISTERED VOTERS IN BERGEN COUNTY:
You can request a Mail-In Ballot by mail. Application must be received in the County Clerk’s office by October 30.
November 3 –You can vote in person using a Mail-In Ballot at the County Clerk’s office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
November 5 – Last day to apply in person at County Clerk’s office for a Mail-In Ballot.
For further information: 201-336-7020 or www.co.bergen.nj.us/countyclerk
REGISTERED VOTERS IN HUDSON COUNTY:
October 30: Deadline to Apply for a Mail-In Ballot by mail.
November 5: Deadline for In-Person Mail-In Ballot Applications.
For further information: 201-369-3470
or www.countyclerk@hcnj.us
THE LAST DAY TO
REGISTER TO VOTE:
OCTOBER 16.
 
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  On the hip Honor Roll
  
 On the hip Honor Roll

People & Families Magazine, a quarterly published by the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council, provides vital, up-to-date information for families and self-advocates; highlights organizations, programs, and individuals who make positive changes in the developmental disabilities community; and features noteworthy stories about people with developmental disabilities from across the state and nation. The magazine is available as a cassette recording through MTS. We commend People & Families for making the magazine accessible to those with vision loss. To receive the most recent issue on audio tape, call Jayne Gugenheim at the Bergen office.
A Special Thank You . . . to Rich Fanelli and Frank Lampert-Hopkins, who volunteer their time to make cassette recordings of hipNEWS and People & Families magazine, making these publications accessible to people with vision loss. We at hip very much appreciate your dedication and are grateful to have you as volunteers!
Bouquets and Thanks to the Kaplen Foundation and the Lions Club of Leonia for recent generous contributions.
Welcome Aboard . . . to new hip members Dana Hemmings and Christine Crotty. Thank you both for your support of hip.
Never-Ending Thanks to a very
talented member of our hip family: Barbara Conklin, whose talent in graphic design, along with her generous response to all our publication needs, make us look so good!
 
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  HOP Reaches Underserved Population
  
 Hispanic Outreach Program Reaches Underserved Population

Throughout the world, people from many different cultures call Spanish their first language. In our area, hip’s bilingual staff provide to Hispanic individuals with disabilities all the services of our Centers for Independent Living.
In Bergen, the Hispanic Outreach Program, familiarly known as HOP, is coordinated by Lucy Montalvo. How do people find HOP? hip’s program, known and respected over many years, has become a “household word“ for social service agencies, community centers, housing authorities, and hospital discharge planners. Word of mouth is one of the best referral tools.
Similar agencies, centers, and authorities in Hudson County look to our CIL there; Marily Gonzalez coordinates services to Hispanic individuals from the Hudson office. In both CILs, more outreach will begin in the coming year to reach as many people as possible. The Hispanic community is frequently underserved and unaware of all of the services available to them. With the new changes taking place in Medicaid and Medicare, and with the introduction of “Obamacare,“ members of the Hispanic community need information to better understand and navigate the system.
Services include housing applications, food stamp referrals, home energy assistance referrals, translation of documents, coordination of immigration applications, Social Security disability forms, re-certification for housing, and referrals to mental health facilities. Translation is provided when necessary.
Brochures in Spanish are available at both hip offices. Folletos en español están disponibles en ambas oficinas.
 
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  We Mourn…
  
 We Mourn…

George Valavanis, beloved father of Peter Valavanis, long-time hip volunteer. George served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was the owner of Valavanis Furs of New York City and was co-founder of a record company named for his wife, Nina. Known for his kind and generous heart, he helped countless people in need. He will be greatly missed.
 
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  Annual Appeal Under Way!
  
 Annual Appeal Under Way!

Many hip members and friends have received this year’s Annual Appeal letter and have sent contributions or are planning to do so. We invite all our readers to support our wonderful agency by giving in whatever manner is appropriate for you.
 
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  Looking for Ways to Give to hip?
  
 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.
Tribute Cards to extend best wishes or congratulations for happy events, or to express sympathy, are available. The attractively designed cards are personalized with the occasion or a brief tribute noted, 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 who suddenly become caregivers to a family member who falls ill or incurs a disability. Former Board member Anne Ciavaglia McMahon created and manages this program. Call 201-288-2867.
Matching Gift Programs: Employees of companies that offer matching gifts to non-profits double their contributions to hip. You can also designate your United Way payroll contribution to hip.
Gifts to hip can be made using VISA or MasterCard (minimum $30, please), by calling Trish Carney, Director of Finance, or by mailing your check, to her attention, to the Bergen hip office.
 
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