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2013 Annual Meeting
Christie Administration Announces Reforms
New Jersey Citizen Action
Beach Ball Boomerang Calendar Raffle
Ring in the Holidays at hip’s Fabulous Party!
LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY and DETERMINATION
“It’s All About Work!”
What's New At The AVL Program?
Braille World Loses a Legend
Monthly Book Club Welcomes Readers
New Staff Members at Bergen hip
Congratulations . . .
Acceptance, Courage, and Wisdom
Seven Year Milestone on “Our New Journey”
We Mourn . . .
Looking for a Job? Try Online!
Thanks for Special Generosity to:
Tech Talk
New Members
Moving?
Hurricanes on the Horizon!
October 29th: The First Anniversary
Online Survey Available
The End of the Year is a Great Time To Give!
Ruprecht Fund Grants Available
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  2013 Annual Meeting
  
 2013 Annual Meeting Topic:
The Affordable Care Act: How It Can Benefit People Who Live in New Jersey

The 2013 Annual Meeting of Heightened Independence & Progress will be highlighted by an address on one of the most pressing topics in the U.S. today: the Affordable Care Act, familiarly known as Obamacare. The meeting will be held at the Ridgefield Community Center on Tuesday, November 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. Keynote speaker will be Diego Arias of New Jersey Citizen Action. All are welcome and urged to attend this important meeting, not only for the timeliness of the main topic, but to hear hip’s “year in review” and to elect new and renewing members to the Board of Trustees. Hudson hip staff are the organizers and our hosts for the evening.
Diego Arias is a health policy advocate for New Jersey Citizen Action, where he analyzes health policy issues and works with coalition partners to promote changes in New Jersey’s health care laws. He organizes trainings and community educational forums on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help inform state residents of their rights and enrollment options. Mr. Arias also works actively with several unions, social service agencies, community leaders and state legislators to help shape health policy across the state. He is a lead organizer and sits on the Steering Board of the Latino Action Network of New Jersey.
Born in Medellin, Colombia, Mr. Arias grew up in Linden, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Rutgers College (New Brunswick) and Rutgers Law School (Newark). While in college, he interned at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health in Manhattan as a policy and advocacy intern under the supervision of national reproductive rights attorneys. He previously served as a government affairs agent and law clerk for Legal Services of New Jersey, where he worked on anti-poverty initiatives, state budget analysis, immigration law, housing law and consumer health law. He has also worked in non-profit management as a founder and director of the Latino Educational and Empowerment Resource where he partnered with the Elizabeth Coalition for Housing the Homeless, as an English as a Second Language instructor and program director.
Also on the evening’s program will be a review of hip’s 33rd year of service and accomplishments by CEO Eileen Goff, elections to the Board of Trustees, and a report on hip’s fund-raising activities by Board and staff members and other generous contributors to our organization. A light supper will be served. All come!!!
 
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  Christie Administration Announces Reforms
  
 Christie Administration Announces Reforms to Placard and License Plate Program for People with Disabilities to Better Serve Clients in Need

Changes to the Parking Privileges Law Became Effective August 1

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) has announced changes to the parking privileges law for persons with a disability and a new procedure for issuing wheelchair symbol placards and license plates so that persons with a disability can find a designated parking space when they need it.
“For New Jerseyans with a disability, these designated parking spaces can mean the difference between being able or not to comfortably go to a store or doctor,” said Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez. “These changes to the parking privileges law will better serve those who truly need them, while also preventing future abuse of the placard and license plate program.”
Effective August 1, 2013, state law required that the qualifying medical condition of persons with a disability be recertified every three years in order to obtain a new placard to hang from the rear-view mirror of their vehicle or the vehicle they are riding in. The new certification needs to be completed by a qualified medical practitioner and must indicate that the qualifying disability continues to exist.
Martinez, who was joined by Joseph Young, head of Disability Rights New Jersey; Dianna Maurone of the Division of Disability Services, NJ Department of Health and Human Services; and Tom Grady of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, noted that this move is not intended to panic persons who have
disabilities. Motorists who currently hold these unique parking privileges will not need to submit recertification documentation until their current privileges are due for renewal.

CURRENT PLACARDS WILL BE HONORED THROUGH RENEWAL PROCESS
“Renewal notices will continue to be sent out every three years,” said Martinez. “At that time, the medical recertification and new application forms, found on our website, will need to be completed and submitted at any of our 39 agencies or by mail. Law enforcement has been advised to honor the current placards until customers have been through the renewal process.” To further ease the transition for the state’s more than half a million placard/license plate holders, as the renewals become due, the MVC has begun mailing out inserts along with the registration renewal forms to explain the change in the law.
The new placards, issued beginning August 1, have been redesigned and will feature a clearly visible expiration date to help the holder stay compliant and assist law enforcement in enforcing the parking privileges law. “Placards must be accompanied by an identification card and can be used in any vehicle a person with a disability rides in,” explained Martinez. “The person identified on the card may either be the driver or a passenger in that vehicle but the card is non-transferable and will be confiscated if presented by another person.”
Wheelchair symbol license plates are renewed every year as part of the normal registration renewal process. Under the new law and in order to retain the plates, the medical recertification will need to take place every three years. However, if the holder of the “Person with a Disability Identification Card” for whom the license plates were issued no longer qualifies for the license plates, the owner of the vehicle would have to surrender the wheelchair symbol license plates at any motor vehicle agency and apply for a set of regular plates.
The MVC website has been revamped to make the necessary applications easier to find. An overview, an instructional checklist, and a set of frequently asked questions can also be found at www.njmvc.gov.
 
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  New Jersey Citizen Action
  
 As the state’s largest citizen watchdog coalition, New Jersey Citizen Action works to protect and expand the rights of individuals and families and “to ensure that government officials respond to the needs of people...” Through organizing campaigns that promote economic, social, racial and political justice, NJCA encourages the active involvement of New Jersey residents in challenging the public and private institutions and agencies that impact our lives.
 
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  Beach Ball Boomerang Calendar Raffle
  
 Beach Ball Boomerang Calendar Raffle – A Huge Success!

Beach balls were bouncing at hip all summer long! We hope you had as much fun as we did watching the list of Calendar Raffle winners grow each week and seeing many of our hip friends and family become winners! We sold 416 tickets at $20 each and netted $6,075 for hip. Thanks to everyone who supported our effort and congratulations again to all our winners! Our complete list of winners includes 7 two-time winners, 4 out-of-state winners, and 1 Grand Prize winner, Annie Been! Special congratulations, Annie!
Other winners in the Beach Ball Calendar Raffle:

Janet Adams
Jennie Ali
Bob Anastasi
Michael Augustowicz
Chandan Bagchi (2 times)
Angelo Balistrieri
Thomas Bengaff
Joan Bermingham
Carmelo Bianchi
Kevin Bickford
Peter Cafone
Tonielle Cardinalle
Carlos Castelblanco
The Ciufo Family (2 times)
Ivan Cueva
Steve Disbrow
Charles Ebel
Trisha Ebel
Lottie Esteban
Ed Fedush
Barbra Fergang
Phyllis Fischer
Sharon Gallo
Arlene Hodgman
Jennifer Hodgman
Kadin Hodgman
David Israel
Stephen Kidd
Arne Landvik-Larsen (2 times)
Jeanne LaRaia
Elizabeth Lescher & Phil Chirafisi
Judith Liebman
Patrick McCarthy
Ann McVey
Olga Melgarejo (2 times)
Louise A. Micci (2 times)
Schooler Weinstein Minsky (New York)
John Mulholland
Margaret Papageorgiou
Mark Perlman
Lillian Rand (2 times)
Elaine Rispoli
Pamela Rostoczynski
Lydia Ruiz
Marie Sawyer
Barbara Seid (2 times)
Kathy Shawl (Arizona)
Lynn Smith
Michael Smith
Alanna Staton
Ryan Stevens
Eileen Trost (Illinois)
Peter Valavanis
Angelissa Vasquez
Roberta Wailes
Robin Witkin (Maryland)
Mary Yorio
 
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  Ring in the Holidays at hip’s Fabulous Party!
  
 Ring in the Holidays at hip’s Fabulous Party on December 15th!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
hip’s Annual Holiday Party will be held on Sunday, December 15th, at the Fort Lee DoubleTree Hotel, from Noon to 4 p.m. A scrumptious dinner, dancing, gifts, and holiday joy are in store for hip’s members, family, and friends. Watch for how to sign up!
 
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  LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY and DETERMINATION
  
 LEAD touched so many lives!
by Eileen Goff

After 14 extremely successful years, the LEAD Program has come to a close, due to the loss of funding from the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Since 1999, hundreds of high school students have participated in LEAD, and countless numbers have credited the program for assisting them to be optimally prepared for the next step in their journey to adulthood.
The final LEAD event took place in September when 70 current and former LEAD students, along with their families, joined LEAD coordinators and volunteers to reflect on the positive effect LEAD has had on their lives. The day began with an introduction from Maria Perez, LEAD administrator, who described how much the program has meant to so many students and their families, and how greatly it will be missed.
Father Jim Warnke, LCSW, a nationally known motivational speaker, made a presentation called “Taking the LEAD and Moving Forward.” He discussed life after the LEAD program and how the students can use what they learned throughout the rest of their lives.
Students, parents, and coordinators then had the opportunity to tell the group what LEAD meant to them. Comments from LEAD alumni addressed being better prepared for moving on to higher education, successfully advocating for employment, and maintaining a household after marriage. Parents noted the growth in their sons and daughters as the result of their involvement. Current participants discussed the friendships they have made, information they received to prepare for the world of work, the benefits received by
interacting with coordinators/mentors who are such fine role models, as well as all of the valuable lessons learned.
Remarks from Eileen Goff, hip President/CEO, highlighted “The Special People” – Joe Ruffalo, Jerilyn Higgins, Ryan Stevens, and Holly Westefeld – who have directly worked throughout the state to make LEAD the incredible program it has been. She asked participants to stay in touch with one another and with hip for their future needs. Maria Perez closed the event by thanking everyone for the many amazing years of LEAD. Emotions ran high as she explained the wonderful relationships that had been built among the coordinators and the students.
The LEAD coordinators (Joe, Jerilyn, Holly and Ryan) were gifted with trophies in appreciation of the positive impact they have made. Current students received an information packet with resource material to connect them with
services they would have learned of through LEAD involvement. Other gifts were distributed to all, as a remembrance of the program. Tokens of appreciation were also given to the dedicated volunteers. We’d like to thank everyone who had a part in making the LEAD program such a success over the past 14 years.
 
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  “It’s All About Work!”
  
 “It’s All About Work!” Assessing and Navigating Expectations for Work
by Patricia Rodriguez
Independent Living Transition Coordinator

The Centers for Independent Living of New Jersey have partnered with the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) to launch an initiative which will increase employment outcomes for individuals. Through referrals from DVRS, hip’s Bergen and Hudson CILs will offer assistance to clients in learning about their strengths, interests, and needs in relation to work. Some of the available workshops in our program, “It’s All About Work,” will include career development, transition and orientation to employment, and post-placement support needs.
“It’s All About Work” will also reinforce our continuing ties to local school districts to facilitate students’ transition to adult life and employment. The objectives of this program include assisting students to begin identifying their future goals and planning for life after high school; identifying their career preferences in accordance with their interests and abilities; learning about the adult service system and the skills needed for independent living; and implementing an action plan, with emphasis on future work.
We are enthusiastic about this new initiative and are eager to support young men and women in reaching their employment-related goals.
 
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  What's New At The AVL Program?
  
 WHAT’S NEW AT THE ADJUSTMENT TO VISION LOSS PROGRAM?

We are pleased to share information about AVL and the assistance it provides to people with vision loss. hip is in the process of identifying funding to replace grants that are currently unavailable for this valuable program, which has been operational throughout 14 counties.
Trisha Ebel, hip’s Independent Living coordinator, is providing a strong presence at the Bergen County-based AVL groups. She also serves as a resource for all the other groups, as well as coordinator for the Phone Group, which covers a broader geographic area.
Groups gather to discuss productive ideas, mutual concerns, technology, and much more, all aimed at assisting persons with vision loss to enhance their lives. For more details about any of the groups noted below, contact Trisha at Bergen hip, Ext. 10, or by e-mail at tebel.ber@hipcil.org.
VISIONS PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Fort Lee is the setting for a lively group that meets monthly at the Fort Lee Recreation Center on Stillwell Avenue. Join us on the 3rd Tuesday from 10 a.m. to Noon.
PASCACK VALLEY LOW VISION PEER SUPPORT GROUP
Come and join other hip friends who have vision loss on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Road, Washington Township from 1 to 3 p.m.
FOCUS ON EYES PEER SUPPORT GROUP FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Residents of the Fair Lawn area with vision loss meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Fair Lawn Municipal Building, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, from 10 a.m. to Noon.
THE YOUNG ADULT PEER TELEPHONE GROUP IS BACK!
If you are between the ages of 21 and 40 and have vision loss, then today is your lucky day. hip’s young adult peer telephone group will convene on the last Tuesday evening of each month. This informative and resourceful conference call promises to be lively and filled with wonderful information! Give Trisha a call at Ext. 10 or send her an e-mail at tebel.ber@hipcil.org, for more details.
 
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  Braille World Loses a Legend
  
 Braille World Loses a Legend

Dr. Abraham Nemeth, who is best known for the development of a braille code for mathematics, died on October 2nd at his home in Southfield, Michigan. He was 94 years old. hip CEO Eileen Goff described Dr. Nemeth as “an incredible man who developed a mathematics code which is used in every textbook, and for other purposes, in the United States.”
Born and raised on New York’s Lower East Side, Dr. Nemeth taught himself as a young child to play the piano using braille, but found standard braille inadequate for unlocking what he later called “the beauty of mathematics.” His Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, developed in the 1940s, was originally adopted in 1956 and is an official code in the United States. Shortly after the development of his code, Dr. Nemeth joined the Dept. of Mathematics at the University of Detroit, where he created a system of communicating mathematical formulas called MathSpeak.
Dr. Nemeth’s contributions have made math and science accessible for people with vision loss around the world. A full narrative of his fascinating life can be found in the obituary section of the New York Times of October 7th.
 
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  Monthly Book Club Welcomes Readers
  
 Monthly Book Club Welcomes Both Print and Digital Readers

Do you enjoy reading? If your answer is yes, then you may be interested in hip’s monthly book club! Many of our members use digital book players, but everyone who enjoys a good book is welcome. Meetings are held on the first Friday of each month at our Hackensack office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light snacks are served. The next meeting is November 1st. Call Trisha at Extension 10 for more information.
 
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  New Staff Members at Bergen hip
  
 Michael Augustowicz joined the hip staff in September to assist in coordinating hip’s advocacy efforts. A longtime member of the hip family, Michael has been a familiar face around the Bergen office for years – from supervising the volunteers who prepare hipNews for mailing to facilitating monthly BRAN (Bergen Regional Advocacy Network) meetings. Michael was recently honored by New Jersey Monthly’s Seeds of Hope, which recognizes the state’s most effective and dedicated volunteers each year. A resident of Dumont, Michael spends many hours volunteering at Bergen Regional Medical Center, working with the recreational department to create enjoyable and interactive events for the residents.

Kaitlin Mitchell, a Ramapo College senior, joined the Bergen hip staff in September as an intern for this semester. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work in December. In addition to learning social work responsibilities, Kaitlin is coordinating voter registrations and working on raising awareness of New Jersey’s new regulations for disability parking placards. A resident of Mahwah, Kaitlin is an active member of the Tri Sigma sorority and enjoys participating in tae kwon do classes.

– Reported by Jayne Gugenheim
 
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  Congratulations . . .
  
 to Claudia Urdanivia, Care Manager at the Hudson CIL, who recently attained her Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Hunter College, New York City.

Also, to Ryan Roy, hip member and participant in monthly meetings of BRAN (Bergen Regional Advocacy Network), for presenting a workshop on self-advocacy to students at Ridgefield Memorial High School.
 
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  Acceptance, Courage, and Wisdom
  
 Acceptance, Courage, and Wisdom Theme of Reverend Jim Warnke at Bergen hip Meeting October 9th

How to reduce stress in one’s life was the engaging topic that brought 44 hip members to the Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack on the evening of October 9th. Members were pleased to see one another and made the newer members feel right at home. The guest speaker was the dynamic Reverend Jim Warnke, LCSW, who urged his listeners to invoke the well known Serenity Prayer as a stress management tool: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Father Warnke engaged his audience with scenarios of some everyday stressful events and suggested how they can practice acceptance, courage, and wisdom to substantially reduce frustration and stress.
On acceptance, Father Warnke discussed how having a disability is “like having a permanent part-time job.” Just getting to the kitchen table in the morning may be a part-time job for a person with a disability. It uses up so much energy for that individual compared to an ambulatory person. Spending time thinking about how blessed they are by the things they can do despite their disability may help to relieve the frustration.
On courage and wisdom, Father Warnke acknowledged the stress some individuals may feel brought on by repeated problems. Rather than complain about it to everyone, a way to relieve the stress is to write a letter. One letter may not make a difference or a change right away, but an accumulation of letters may lead to a change.
Some “stressors” cannot be changed. However, we can control how we react to the stress. If we don’t know the names of the members of the Board of Education or the names of our elected officials, we don’t have the right to complain about problems in our communities that are causing us stress. If members don’t exercise their right to vote, they don’t have a right to complain about the stress they undergo when elected officials let them down. If we are registered to vote, we can try to make a change by writing to our elected officials. We should also write to those officials with an acknowledgement when they respond and make the requested changes.
Finally, people under stress must learn to self-reflect and consider that it may be necessary to change from within in order to reduce stress. When others around us are apparently causing us stress, we should be able to admit that it’s not those around us who may need to change, but we ourselves.
A question-and-answer session followed. Several people shared their feelings of stress because of their disabilities and problems with transportation. One member had a question that Father Warnke chose to deal with privately due to the personal nature of her issue. At the end of the evening, members left the meeting better equipped to cope with stress in their everyday lives.

– Reported by Patricia Rodriguez
 
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  Seven Year Milestone on “Our New Journey”
  
 It’s hard to believe that it has been over seven years since Anne Ciavaglia McMahon partnered with hip to launch Our New Journey. Focused on helping one family at a time, this service gives help and hope to families faced with the onset of illness or disability.
Our New Journey’s most compelling aspects are responding to the shared daily challenges each caregiver encounters, and the program’s ability to make a difference through practical guidance or by providing limited financial help for direct care services.
Since inception, Our New Journey has helped more than 700 families and receives new referrals weekly. Each family gains access to available services that are designed to address their individual needs. Our New Journey assists those dealing with the complicated maze of insurance benefits, physical care needs, personal transitions, home modifications and location of available public services, any of which can be a full time job in itself. Caregiver or consumer: either way, it’s overwhelming.
Through various fundraising efforts and private donations, Our New Journey is currently able to help four families with weekly financial support for homecare or personal needs, ultimately allowing them to live in their community of choice.
In order for Our New Journey to continue to build and to provide help, we need to increase our resources through donations or various types of volunteer support. Please visit ournewjourney.org and refer to the About Us section which highlights the program’s mission.
Please share this information with anyone you feel could benefit from Our New Journey. If you need additional information about this truly unique service, e-mail founder Anne Ciavaglia McMahon at anne@ournewjourney.org, or call her at 201-288-2867. She’d love to hear from you!
 
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  We Mourn . . .
  
 the loss of hip members Toni Pines, Susan Anderson, and Regina Dzamba.
 
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  Looking for a Job? Try Online!
  
 Do you want to unlock the mystery of acing online job applications? hip can offer you a very real online job application experience providing immediate feedback. If you are job-ready and want to learn these secrets, contact Pat Rodriguez at the Bergen office, Ext. 23.
 
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  Thanks for Special Generosity to:
  
 Jennie Ali, Michael Smith, and the Ciufo family for donating their Calendar Raffle winnings back to hip.

Also to: Elizabeth Cohen Hittner, The Lions Club of Leonia, The Frederick P. & Sandra P. Rose Foundation, and Jean St. Germain.
 
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  Tech Talk
  
 “THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!”
Would you like to explore what apps are available on your iPad or iPhone to help you focus on your abilities? Apple offers a variety of creative, everyday applications to simplify our lives. There are apps for IEPs, lots for those with learning disabilities, and many for people with vision loss. Come into hip and visit with Pat Rodriguez for a one-on-one demonstration on apps that are mostly free and others that are low in cost. There’s truly an app for everything and anything these days – some disability related, and most that are not.

ONE-ON-ONE TECH TRAINING AVAILABLE BY APPOINTMENT
Adam Krass, our volunteer technology consultant, gives one-on-one demonstrations and training on the use of every kind of tech gimmick and app imaginable. Next dates: Oct. 29th, Nov. 26th, Dec. 17th, 9 a.m. to Noon. Call Trisha Ebel (Bergen, Ext. 10) for an appointment.
 
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  New Members
  
 hip welcomes the following new members: Vincent Pierzhalski, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Seligman, and Ralph Terminiello
 
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  Moving?
  
 If you are moving or your address label is incorrect, call Rhea Hess at the Bergen office with your updated information. We want to make sure everyone receives hipNEWS.
 
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  Hurricanes on the Horizon!
  
 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) recently updated its 2013 Hurricane Season information. The season ends November 30 but peak season extends to late October. People should always be prepared. In addition to having an emergency kit and family communications plan, you should:
• Learn your community evacuation route;
• Have paper maps on hand in case cellular networks are down;
• Cover your home’s windows with storm shutters or plywood; and
• Get flood insurance protection, if appropriate for your life situation.
Hurricanes can produce heavy rains that may cause extensive flooding. Homeowners insurance typically does not cover flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself, contact the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.
 
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  October 29th: The First Anniversary
  
 October 29th: The First Anniversary of Super Storm Sandy

Even though the 2013 hurricane season is waning, it’s wise to remember that the most devastating storm in New Jersey’s history hit in late October last year. We hope readers saved the comprehensive article on emergency preparedness by Hudson hip’s Kathy Wood from the Summer edition of hipNews. Ensuring our personal safety is still essential. Kaitlin Mitchell, hip’s intern, has put together a brief summary of what you need to know.
Valuable information is available through your local Emergency Management Office. It is also important to learn what emergency plans your community, workplace, or service agencies have in place. After determining whether these procedures meet your functional needs, you should develop your own back-up plan. This will help ensure your safety in case the disaster impedes your primary emergency plan. Important considerations include any personal care or electricity-dependent equipment you might need, accessible transportation, special building evacuation needs, service animals or pets, and means for summoning additional assistance. Work with family members, friends, co-workers, personal attendants, service providers, and anyone else in your support network to help assess your personal needs, and ask for their assistance in an emergency.
Power outages are major threats, so learning how to connect a back-up power supply is important for being able to use essential medical equipment. A back-up manual wheelchair can be a life-saver for people who use power wheelchairs or scooters. In case of immobilization, medical alert systems, cell phones, or pagers allow you to call for help. The ability to receive emergency information and warnings is essential: if your radio or TV are out, plan to have someone convey these messages to you or learn about other available devices and choose which technology is best for you. For more tips to help you make your own plan, visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/disabilities
 
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  Online Survey Available
  
 Online Survey Available to Report on Post-Sandy Insurance Experiences

NJ Spotlight has put together a survey about insurance experiences after Hurricane Sandy. The news outlet will be using the responses to inform their future reporting on the recovery effort. They are hoping to reach as many people as possible and are asking those who are on the “ground floor” of the recovery to publicize the survey to their constituencies. They are hoping for “e-mail blasts,” social media posts, and whatever other means are appropriate for gaining responses. Those who have access to the Internet can find the survey at: http://bit.ly/SandyIns.
(NJ Spotlight is an online news service that delivers insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, with the aim of informing and engaging the state’s communities and businesses. The service is nonpartisan, independent, policy-centered, and community-minded.)
 
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  The End of the Year is a Great Time To Give!
  
 The End of the Year is a Great Time for a Gift to hip!

Our generous friends may want to include hip in their end-of-year giving plans. In addition to always-welcome unrestricted gifts, hip suggests several other channels of giving that may appeal to our readers.
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. Former 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 (Read about ONJ’s seven years of service in this issue, page 6).
Matching Gift Programs. Employees of companies that offer to match gifts to non-profit organizations can double their contributions to hip.
Designate your United Way payroll contribution to be directed to hip.
Gifts to hip can 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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  Ruprecht Fund Grants Available
  
 Ruprecht Fund Grants Available for New Jersey Polio Survivors

The Alan and Peggy Ruprecht Memorial Fund, launched by the Polio Network of New Jersey in the year 2000, provides direct assistance to polio survivors who live in New Jersey. hip has been the administrator of the fund since its inception. The fund has enabled a number of individuals to meet pressing needs caused by their experience of post-polio syndrome, needs that could not have been met without financial assistance.
PNNJ has been able to increase the amount available to individuals once annually from $500 to $1,000. While income is a factor, it is not the sole criterion, since it is well known that it costs a lot to have a disability!
The Fund was named in honor of the late Alan Ruprecht and his wife Peggy, lifelong New Jersey residents who founded Drive-Master, Inc. Alan contracted polio after returning from naval service in World War II and finding that driving an automobile was a major challenge for himself, and certainly for untold numbers of mobility-impaired adults, many of them fellow veterans.
Goods such as durable medical equipment and services that might include medical evaluations for PPS are among the fundable items. Applications can be obtained by phoning Maria Perez at Bergen hip, Ext. 18, or by e-mail: mvalentin.ber@hipcil.org. All grants are paid to the vendor or other supplier of the product or service. The fund cannot reimburse for expenses already incurred or pay for renewable supplies. All requests are completely confidential.
 
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