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OUR MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
About Kathy Wood
Help is available for Bergen County Residents
Social Security Update – What You Can Do Online
Social Security Accessibility Commitment
The Sassy Sixties Dinner Dance
Two New Care Managers
We Mourn...
Update on hip's Support Coordination Program
Tech Talk...
Member Update
Thanks!
hip hip Hooray!!!!
Bergen hip Picnic
Hudson Summer Soiree
Transition Fair Devoted to Student Success
It’s All About Work!
Calendar Raffle – Fun All Summer Long!
Adjustment to Vision Loss Update
“Stay Fit While You Sit” with Chair Yoga
Did You Know?
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative
Community Health Law Project
Polio Network to Honor Yankees
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  OUR MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
  
 OUR MISSION ACCOMPLISHED –
A FINAL SETTLEMENT WITH PORT AUTHORITY
Nine years after a newly renovated PATH Station in Jersey City opened without providing access for people with disabilities, a final court ruling will reverse that discriminatory situation. We are pleased to report that the joint legal battle waged by hip and the United Spinal Association over seven years finally made this
happen. See the Associated Press story below.

Grove Street PATH Station Getting Elevator,
Platform Lift After Disabled Access Lawsuit by The Associated Press
NEWARK, JUNE 30, 2014: The Port Authority and two advocacy groups have reached a settlement in a seven-year-old lawsuit over disabled access to the Grove Street PATH station in Jersey City. The two groups, Heightened Independence and Progress, Inc., and the United Spinal Association, claimed the Port Authority’s renovation of the station completed in 2005 violated federal law by not including an elevator for disabled individuals.
The Port Authority claimed in court filings that the statute of limitations had run out before the groups filed the lawsuit, but a judge disagreed. In a document filed Thursday, the Port Authority agreed to construct an elevator at the southwest entrance to the station and a passenger vertical platform lift on the west side of the station. The additions are to be completed within three years.
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  About Kathy Wood
  
 About Kathy Wood... by Eileen Goff
Kathy joined the hip staff as director of the Hudson Branch on April 1st, 1991 – and that was definitely not an April Fool’s joke! At that time hip did not even have an office. Kathy, along with a volunteer, worked in a small donated area of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Jersey City.
After acquiring several contracts, Hudson hip moved into its own offices and brought a wonderful staff on board. Kathy utilized her strong advocacy skills to provide a great many services for the consumers served through the CIL. She was also recognized as someone who is knowledgeable about financial benefits and disability legislation, and genuinely cares about people’s needs. Kathy has served on many local and state-wide committees.
After 23 years in her position, Kathy recently retired and is moving into a more relaxed way of life. She loves cruising, reading, and spending time with friends, and we wish her all good things as she pursues these interests.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARILY GONZALEZ-VAZQUEZ!
Marily Gonzalez-Vazquez is the new director of the hip Hudson branch. Marily joined the staff at hip in 1995 and has been invaluable ever since. She was hired to be the Minority Outreach Coordinator; for the last 19 years, she has focused on reaching out and connecting individuals with disabilities with community and social services. As the minority consumer base grew, Marily took on additional programs such as Traumatic Brain Injury, SAIL and Senior SAIL. She also provided core services, advocacy, nursing home transition, and so much more to the hip consumers.
As the new director, Marily is looking forward to partnering with community agencies to promote and develop new programs and enhance hip’s existing services. Marily says, “I am pleased and excited to have this new opportunity as the director of the Hudson Branch.” In her free time, Marily enjoys gardening. She also volunteers at St. Joseph’s Parish and school, where her daughter Angelissa is a student.
Thank you, Marily, for all your good work. We look forward to many successful years ahead!
 
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  Help is available for Bergen County Residents
  
 Help is available for Bergen County Residents Affected by Hurricane Sandy

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS ACTIVE IN DISASTER (VOAD) OPEN RECOVERY CENTER
Superstorm Sandy Survivors: The water may be gone, but the problems it caused are still around. The Bergen County VOAD – Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Committee is a coalition of over 50 organizations serving residents affected by Sandy. They have opened a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Information Center at 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie. For more information, call 201-470-3143 or visit them online at www.bergenvoad.org. Some of the organizations offering assistance are listed below.
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) provides FREE legal assistance to low-income, senior, and disabled residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic County. Services include representing individuals in court, providing legal advice, writing letters, and answering questions. Some of the areas where NNJLS offers assistance are insurance and FEMA claims, housing issues, home repairs, public benefits, fraudulent services or hurricane-related scams. Many Sandy benefits are time sensitive. Contact us today! NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY LEGAL SERVICES Call (201) 792-6363 or email us at NNJLS@lsnj.org.
The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc (SPAN) is providing support and technical assistance to Sandy-impacted families that have children/youth with disabilities in Bergen County. Some of these resources include parent to parent emotional support, wrap-around support, special education guidance, parent training and information, and linking families to community resources. Call SPAN central office at 1-800-654-SPAN.
The Bergen County Office of Special Child Health Services is providing long term recovery services to Sandy-affected households with a child/youth, ages 0-21, with a special need. If your child/youth is experiencing signs of trauma, sadness, inattentiveness after Hurricane Sandy, these services are available. For more information, contact Ronne Bassman-Agins at 201-580-1083 or at rbassmanagins@co.bergen.nj.us.
THE HOME REPAIR AND
ADVOCACY PROGRAM
The Bergen County VOAD/LTRC is currently administering the Home Repair and Advocacy Program for Bergen County seniors and disabled persons.
Program Purpose: to provide home repair and advocacy for eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to replace or repair damages to their primary residences/property, but not covered through other programs. Home repairs must be essential to safely sustain individuals in their own homes.
Eligibility of Resident: heads of households age 60 and above or receiving disability assistance. Renters and homeowners are eligible.
Eligibility of Home: Primary Residence Only. If the resident is a renter, the only services that can be provided under this program are those which are not the responsibility of the landlord.
Eligible Activities: interior wall boards, mold remediation, heating/cooling systems, electrical repairs, roofing, tree removal, debris removal, siding, doors, windows, foundation, floors, plumbing, etc. Accessibility features may also be eligible. Program Limit: the program has a cap of $5,000 per household. Funds are paid directly to the vendor. The program does not provide reimbursement for repairs already made.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION
• Identification: picture ID or passport or driver’s license or other government-issued picture identification;
• Proof of Disability Status
(if applicable): award letter from Social Security office;
• Documentation of Storm-Affected Resident: FEMA award letter and flood insurance settlement (if applicable) and homeowner’s insurance settlement (if applicable);
• Verification of Primary Residence: last income tax return or deed or lease or title;
• Application: clients must sign the application stating that all information provided is true and accurate and that the repairs are for the client’s primary residence. The application is filled out at the Recovery Information Center. If the client has mobility issues, the VOAD/LTRC staff will conduct a home visit to fill out the application.
• To Apply: clients must register at the Bergen VOAD/LTRC Recovery Information Center at 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie. Please call 201-470-3143 for an appointment for intake. To expedite your application, please bring the documents listed above.
VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR JUSTICE
If you have a legal issue(s) arising out of Superstorm Sandy, you are eligible to receive FREE legal counsel and advice and brief services from volunteer attorneys of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. Private one-on-one sessions are available. Persons needing more involved assistance may, if financially eligible, be referred back to VLJ for placement with an attorney. If you cannot attend a clinic in person, please call VLJ’s toll-free disaster hotline at 855-301-2525. To receive services, all issues must relate to Superstorm Sandy. NJ matters only.
COMMUNITY HEALTH LAW PROJECT
(ALSO SEE RELATED CHLP ARTICLE IN THIS ISSUE.)
If you need help with issues related to FEMA Assistance, Property Tax Appeals, Emergency Assistance, Rental Assistance, Medical Assistance, General Assistance, Food Stamps, Disputes with Your Landlord, Applying for Housing Subsidies, Accessibility Issues, Habitability Issues, Grant Applications. COMMUNITY HEALTH LAW PROJECT Bergen & Essex Counties, 650 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 210, Bloomfield, NJ 07003(973)-680-5599 *Se Habla Español
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
Excerpt from NJ Department of Community Affairs press release about the state’s plan for $1.46 billion in Superstorm Sandy funding: The Christie Administration announced that it has submitted its proposed plan for allocating the second round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for review and approval. The plan details how the state will spend $1.46 billion in federal CDBG Disaster Recovery funds to rebuild Sandy-damaged homes and rental housing; support the hardest hit and financially strained communities; purchase flood-prone homes; and finance infrastructure resiliency projects throughout New Jersey to protect the state from future storms. The Christie Administration submitted the plan to HUD on March 25.
 
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  Social Security Update – What You Can Do Online
  
 Avoid traffic, long lines, and visits to crowded Social Security offices by taking important matters into your own hands. When it comes to doing business with Social Security, you can!
Anytime, anywhere, Social Security’s website is waiting to let you take care of important matters yourself, independently, without the need to visit or call an office.
All you need to do is visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to set up a my Social Security account so you can do business with Social Security the easiest, fastest, and most convenient way.
We’re only halfway through 2014 and already, more than ten million people are registered for a my Social Security account. They use it to easily get information and service – without needing to visit an office or make a phone call.
There are many things you can do using your account. For example, you can use my Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may be able to receive.
If you are already receiving benefits, you can do even more business online.
We recently expanded my Social Security for those receiving benefits; now you can use your account to view, save, and print
a benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information, and even change your address and your phone
number in our records.
You also can start or change your direct deposit information. You can do this all from the comfort of your home. Whether you are currently getting Social Security benefits, or you are planning for that day in the future when you do, you can easily access all your important Social Security information by creating a my Social Security account. Just visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Declare your independence from
traffic and waiting in long lines Save a trip to the Social Security office and go online to www.socialsecurity.gov.
– David Vinokurov
Social Security District Manager, Trenton, NJ
 
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  Social Security Accessibility Commitment
  
 The Social Security Administration is committed to making our programs, benefits, services and facilities, and information and communications technology accessible to everyone, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), and relevant implementing regulations. For more information, please refer to the following overviews:
BROWSE-ALOUD
BrowseAloud is a browser plug-in for people who find it difficult to read online. By reading text aloud and highlighting the words as they are spoken, BrowseAloud can help people with learning disabilities, English as a second language, and mild visual impairments.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there are several accessibility features available to you.
REQUESTING ASSISTANCE
By calling 1-800-772-1213, you can use our automated telephone services to get recorded information and conduct some business 24 hours a day. If you cannot handle your business through our automated services, you can speak to a Social Security
representative between 7 am and 7 pm Monday through Friday. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call our toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, between 7 am and 7 pm. Monday through Friday. See Automated Services (online) for more details.
 
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  The Sassy Sixties Dinner Dance
  
 The Sassy Sixties:
A Memorable Musical Evening
After every hip gala dinner dance, the verdict comes in, “This was the best ever!” Our 2014 party was no exception, but if the happy echoes we’re still hearing are a true indication, “The Sassy Sixties” on May 17th may be the undisputed all-time winner. The pictures accompanying this story sing their own song. We dined, we danced, some of us sang, and we all thrilled to the music provided by our longtime amazing DJ, Gary Morton. Thanks to the committee headed by Lottie Esteban, chair of the Fund Development Committee. Without a doubt, major laurels go to Trish Carney, who not only planned and executed ingenious decorations to transform the Fort Lee Recreation Center, but also created and wrapped all our elegant gift baskets. Lucky winners took home a variety of attractive prizes, donated by Board, staff, and friends. Next on the agenda: Coming up with a theme as good as “The Sassy Sixties” for next year’s dinner dance. We welcome your ideas!!
 
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  Two New Care Managers
  
 Two New Care Managers Join the Bergen hip CIL
Mary Mulvaney: Mary joined the Bergen hip staff in June as a Care Manager. Mary comes with a rich background in teaching and human services. This includes case management, program development, grant writing, and human services administration for hospitals, colleges, and nursing homes. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work and Fordham University. A resident of Waldwick, Mary has a daughter in college. She enjoys traveling and hopes to see more of the world in the coming years.
Aileen Leung: Aileen joined the Bergen hip staff in July, also as a Care Manager. A graduate of Rutgers University, Aileen has experience providing care management, information and referral, and needs assessments. A Little Ferry resident, she enjoys attending cultural events in New York City, is an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Welcome, Mary and Aileen!
 
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  We Mourn...
  
 We Mourn...
the loss of our dear friend and former hip Board President, John De Witt. John’s enduring passion was his love of music. After earning a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School of Music, he began a career in radio broadcasting with CBS and radio stations in Illinois. Later he worked for the American Foundation for the Blind in New York City. John went on to create DeWitt & Associates, a unique firm that trained people with disabilities, especially those with vision loss, in the use of assistive technology. He also provided professional employment to many people with disabilities at his company. According to a former colleague, “His staff was immensely helpful to my clients at the NJ Commission for the Blind. The training enabled them to work and study.” Another wrote: “He was a pioneer in the field of technology who helped so many people advance and grow.“John was a dedicated member of the hip Board of Trustees for many years. His warmth, his wit, and his concern for the welfare of others were the hallmarks of this gallant and gracious man. John’s children held a memorial service in Ridgewood on July 20th, attended by many friends. His work and his spirit live on.
 
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  Update on hip's Support Coordination Program
  
 Update on
hip’s Support Coordination Program
As reported in the spring issue of hipNews, the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has designated hip as an agency charged with assisting individuals from Bergen and Hudson Counties to discover their full potential. hip’s team of Support Coordinators will meet with families to discuss the services that would be helpful at this time, and to determine future goals.
Since the last issue of hipNews, many families have chosen hip to be their agency for the Support Coordination program, which rolled out at the start of 2014. As a Center for Independent Living experienced in providing services to the disability community for more than three decades, we welcome inquiries from families for Support Coordination services.
If you are an individual or a family member who wishes to select hip as your Support Coordination agency, use the following contact information: in Bergen, Paula Walsh at 201-996-9100 or via e-mail to pwalsh.ber@hipcil.org; in Hudson, Marily Gonzalez-Vasquez at 201-533-4407 or via email to mgonzalez.hud@hipcil.org.
 
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  Tech Talk...
  
 Tech Talk...
Assistive Technology Training in High Schools Enabled by Grant from Disability Rights NJ
hip is a collaborating partner among three Bergen County organizations that have launched a joint project on the use of assistive technology to assist students with disabilities to make successful transitions from high school to work and college. Led by Adam Krass Consulting, Inc., the Region V Council for Special Education is also a partner. “The Assistive Technology for Transition from High School Project” has been funded by a grant from Disability Rights NJ through its Assistive Technology Advocacy Center.
The project is directed by Adam Krass, a hip volunteer. Patricia Rodriguez, hip’s Independent Living transition coordinator, is a co-trainer for the project, and Trisha Ebel, the Independent Living assistant at hip, is providing training and administrative support.
Assistive technology is any technology used by a person with a disability to foster independence and activities that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. It can be technology specifically designed for a person with a disability such as a wheelchair, or general-use technology such as a computer. This project features technology that supports writing, reading, organizing ideas or schedules, note taking, math, communicating, memory, social skills, job skills, and making presentations. The project also utilizes personal computing devices such as laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.
The six-month-long project focuses on typically underserved students and their families. Training sessions are held at Teaneck, New Milford, and Hackensack high schools, and at SCOPE, a program administered by Region V, through September 30th. Students from all other Region V districts (Bergenfield, Cresskill, Dumont, Oradell, Ridgefield, River Edge, Rochelle Park, and Tenafly) are also being served. The program, which is free of charge, includes demonstrations of assistive technology (AT) as well as self-advocacy skills training related to AT for transitioning students, their families, and their educational teams, including teachers, therapists, child study teams, guidance counselors, and administrators.
AT CAN ENHANCE LIVES: ADAM KRASS SHOWS US HOW
Once a month, hip is fortunate to have Adam Krass visit the Bergen office to give one-on-one customized demonstrations to those eager to learn more about how assistive technology can enhance their lives. A professional consultant in this field, Adam offers useful advice and guidance. During a recent visit, he held individual sessions with Austin Epstein and Steven Rutch. Austin was interested in learning more about the iPad, an app called AbiliPad, a variety of keyboards, and Windows laptops. He is in the market for a more mobile form of technology. Steve asked for detailed recommendations on iPhone apps and tested out a laptop using the software JAWS (screen reader software).
All of us at hip thank Adam for sharing his expertise and for his dedication! He truly makes a difference in the lives of everyone he works with.
 
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  Member Update
  
 We’re happy to welcome the following new and renewing hip members:
Deborah Azzarone
Angela Brown
Joan D’Angelo
Stefanie Keiser
Doreen Kovach
Rhea C. Levy
Kathy Moore
Clinton & Josephine Oates
Ador M. Peralta
Ursula Pico
Rosa Sanchez
Beverly & Frank Wennin
Winnifred Whilby
Corporate Member:
Dr. Bruce Meyer, FCOVD
 
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  Thanks!
  
 hip receives many contributions from individuals and the community throughout the year. We thank those listed below for their recent exceptional generosity:
Adele Cannie
Michael and Marie Cook
Kaplen Foundation
Lions Club of Leonia
Lillian Pitkin Schenck Fund
We send our deepest appreciation to Diane and Michael Albarella for their annual gift to purchase an air conditioner for a senior citizen.
We’re happy to welcome Gloria Lieberstein, longtime member and photographer extraordinaire, as hip’s newest Life Member. Thank you, Gloria!
 
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  hip hip Hooray!!!!
  
 Congratulations to Ellen Engles and Tom Azilides on their participation in the annual Special Olympics, which were held this year in New Jersey!
Best wishes to Paul Aronsohn, hip Board member, who was elected for a second term as Ridgewood’s mayor by his fellow Council members – a real tribute to his leadership. Paul is also the founder and inspiration for Ridgewood’s annual Access Weekend, which focuses on disability awareness and highlights the accomplishments of young people in the community. All the best, Paul!
 
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  Bergen hip Picnic
  
 Bergen hip Picnic – New Location,
Same Great Fun!
A perfect evening, a spectacular setting, and a happy crowd – the biggest ever! This describes the Bergen hip summer picnic at the “New Overpeck Park“ on June 17th. Bergen hippies were thrilled to welcome almost 200 people for fun, good food, and fantastic music. Cooling breezes made the 90-degree temperature all but disappear.
Ronald Kistner, Bergen County Director of Parks and Recreation, welcomed everyone on behalf of County Executive Kathleen Donovan. This was the first hip picnic at the re-designed and newly expanded Overpeck location in Ridgefield Park, and a wonderful site for our long-awaited event, after being rained out last year!!
Staff members and helpful volunteers served an unending supply of hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and all the fixings. As always, Peter Valavanis cooked up delicious French fries, the “hottest” item of the night. Italian ices for dessert, served with giant cookies, helped cool everyone off.
A traditional highlight at the picnic, Bill Jones’s Little River Jam Band played a lively mix of favorites that had picnickers up and dancing. A few party-goers joined in the fun by playing the keyboard and taking turns singing. The 50/50 raffle yielded two prizes: hip staff member Stephanie Thomas won $50, and longtime hip member Doreen Kovach, the grand prize winner, took home $100. Congratulations to Stephanie and Doreen!
Many thanks to everyone who helped make this picnic so memorable!
 
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  Hudson Summer Soiree
  
 Hudson hip’s annual summer soiree was marked by new energy and enthusiasm with many new faces in the happy crowd. The Francis Burke Recreation Center in Jersey City’s Lincoln Park was the setting on June 19th for over 60 old and new friends to gather to enjoy a delicious dinner, camaraderie, and the music of a wonderful volunteer DJ, Steve Krywinski. Steve had everyone singing along and dancing the night away. An unforgettable evening!
 
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  Transition Fair Devoted to Student Success
  
 Transition Fair Devoted to Student Success
by Patricia Rodriguez, Independent Living Transition Coordinator
A phenomenally successful transition fair took place at Hackensack High School in May. The event was a collaboration among hip, school districts from the Bergen County Region V Council for Special Education, state and county resource agencies, community-based organizations, independent providers, and Bergen Community College. Area high school students with disabilities and their parents were able to make contacts that will assist these students to make successful transitions into the postsecondary world.
Counselors from the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services were available to answer questions from parents on their transition services. Representatives from the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board, over 25 other community-based agencies, as well as many post-secondary schools devoted to higher education, trades, and technical training hosted questions from parents and students. Informative workshops on transition from school to work as well as special needs planning were offered. hip’s workshop, attended by parents and educators, provided helpful information on how technology and self-advocacy can support students’ transition to college and employment. The enthusiasm generated at the fair was a testament to Bergen County’s passion to see all students succeed.
 
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  It’s All About Work!
  
 The services of hip’s program, “It’s All About Work,” are increasingly attracting eligible adults with disabilities who are determined to reach their employment-related goals. hip staff are delivering individualized services to develop skills in such areas as resume writing, job hunting, preparing for job interviews, the art of applying for jobs online, and many other areas. These services are available to individuals who are referred by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
 
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  Calendar Raffle – Fun All Summer Long!
  
 For the second summer in a row, the Calendar Raffle is up and running at hip! As with last year’s raffle, most of the ticket holders are from New Jersey, but we also have subscribers from Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, as well as Ecuador! We are now international!!
The Bergen hip office is an exciting place as we pick winners every Monday. Staff members have been taking turns pulling the five lucky tickets for that week. The fun will last all summer, until the final grand prize winning ticket stub is pulled on August 29th. Check out the winners by visiting the hip website, www.hipcil.org, on Tuesdays by 10 am for an updated list. Thanks to everyone who has supported our effort, and good luck to all!
– Jayne Gugenheim
Raffle Chair
 
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  Adjustment to Vision Loss Update
  
 The Adjustment to Vision Loss Program includes a broad network of peer support groups for people with vision loss, and has been administered by hip for the past 15 years. Here is what two of the groups reported recently.
Focus on Eyes is the longest running low-vision peer support group under the hip umbrella. The Fair Lawn group, led by facilitator Marion Slacke, meets monthly to share resources and information, and to hear guest speakers.
The Young Adult Low Vision Peer Support Group, for ages 21-40, holds lively
monthly meetings via conference call. “One-hour calls turn out to be at least two hours,” says facilitator Trisha Ebel. Several members are engaged in job-training programs or are working with employment specialists in search of suitable careers. Two others have joined “Beep Baseball” and are now part of the New Jersey Lightning team. “Although most of us have never met in person, by sharing experiences, techniques and information, we help one another through our difficulties,” says Trisha. “We empower each other and leave the call feeling great!”
 
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  “Stay Fit While You Sit” with Chair Yoga
  
 A roomful of enthusiastic hip members got pointers on how to “Stay Fit While You Sit!” at the Ciarco Learning Center in Hackensack on the evening of April 30th. Maria Thornhill, manager of the Fitness & Wellness program at Hackensack University Medical Center, demonstrated several techniques of chair yoga, including breathing and stretching exercises. As well as having positive effects on our physical and mental health, we learned that yoga can be a lot of fun! In addition to learning about chair yoga, attendees received lanyards, jar openers, and two-week memberships in the Fitness & Wellness Program.
– Jayne Gugenheim
 
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  Did You Know?
  
 Did You Know? You Have the Right to Obtain Your Personal Health Information
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives you the right to get your personal health information, make sure it’s correct and know who has seen it. With access to your own medical records, you can make decisions with your health care provider, track your medications and dosages, and much more.
Check to make sure your medical information is correct and complete. If you think something is wrong, or missing, you can ask your health care provider to fix it. Your health care provider might not agree, but you always have the right to ask, and to have your disagreement added to your medical record.
Share this message with your friends to make sure they know their rights too.
 
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  Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative
  
 Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative Offers Free Health Care to Eligible Adults
Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Inc. (BVMI) provides free primary and preventive healthcare to low-income working adults in Bergen County without insurance or the means to pay for care. BVMI is guided by the “Culture of Caring” and believes that how people are treated is as important as the care they receive. Last year 65 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians and others treated 1,000 patients in over 6,000 medical visits.
BVMI is completely dependent on contributed income from individuals, businesses, community groups and foundations. BVMI Healthcare Center, a state-licensed ambulatory care facility, is located at 241 Moore Street, Hackensack. Phone: 201.342.2478; website address: www.bvmi.org.
 
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  Community Health Law Project
  
 Community Health Law Project Launches Post-Sandy Barrier-Free Access Assurance Project
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, many New Jersey shore areas were devastated. As these communities recover and rebuild, the Community Health Law Project’s (CHLP’s) Post-Sandy Barrier Free Access Assurance Project (BFAAP) is a vital new resource for ensuring that New Jersey’s beaches, centers of entertainment, restaurants, and coastal waters are truly available to all, especially those with disabilities.
In partnership with staff and students of New Jersey Institute of Technology and other knowledgeable professionals, CHLP’s Post Sandy BFAAP staff will provide information, support, and resources to advocate for compliance with the appropriate enforcement officials.
If you suspect possible barrier-free access violations or would like more information, call 973-275-1175, e-mail chlpinfo@chlp.org, or visit www.chlp.org.
 
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  Polio Network to Honor Yankees
  
 Polio Network to Honor Yankees for New Stadium Access
The Polio Network of New Jersey, an organization of polio survivors, their families and friends, will honor the New York Yankees Organization on July 24 during a presentation ceremony on the field at Yankee Stadium prior to the first pitch of the game. The tribute will recognize the Yankees Organization for building one of the most accessible stadiums in the country, thus making Yankee baseball a reality for all who wish to enjoy the games in person.
A commemorative plaque will be presented to Carol Laurenzano, head of the NY Yankees Disabled Services Office, by two PNNJ Board members, John Nanni and Murray Schiffman, both veteran Yankee fans and polio survivors, who now find their access to all public areas and facilities at the stadium to be barrier-free.
The Polio Network of New Jersey was founded in 1990 by a group of polio survivors of the epidemics of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, who found they were experiencing post-polio syndrome, debilitating late effects of the disease they thought they had overcome decades ago. Since that time, the Network has reached out to thousands of fellow survivors in New Jersey and beyond, with information, medical referrals, financial aid, and support group establishment and assistance. For information, call 201-845-6860 and/or visit the website, www.pnnj.org.
hip administers the Ruprecht Fund for PNNJ to assist polio survivors in NJ. See program listing on this page.
 
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