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The draft State Plan for Independent Living for New Jersey.

It was written by the NJ Statewide Independent Living Council (NJSILC) in collaboration with the 12 Centers for Independent Living serving all 21 counties and with input from consumers of those services.
The NJSILC seeks further input on this plan.
Please read the plan and take the brief survey or submit comments


Updated 4/8/2020

 Heightened Independence & Progress (hip) continues to monitor the ongoing crisis as it unfolds. We want you, the individuals and families we serve and our social service partners to know that while the hip team are working remotely to comply with the social distancing mandate, we are here to support you during this challenging time. As a Center for Independent Living, it is our role to ensure individuals with all types of disabilities of all ages have access to information and resources. While our staff are all working remotely, we have the technology to allow us to maintain operations offsite. We will continue to work in this manner until further notice.  

 The hip team have been contacting the consumers that we serve in Bergen and Hudson counties to continue our efforts in supporting them and ensuring they have all the basic necessities like food, medication, etc. and are prepared to weather this emergency. 

 We understand the toll that this situation is having on the health and wellness of the individuals we serve and the continued disruptions this has caused for all of us. As such, we want to play our part in minimizing any further risk. All social and recreational events, educational seminars and drop-in visits are cancelled until further notice. All visits are being handled via telephone during this timeframe. Many of our programs have specific protocols that must be adhered to and we ask that you reach out to your specific case manager with any questions you may have. Staff are checking their office voicemail regularly. 

 The hip Board of Directors and administrative team will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and keep you apprised of any changes as they occur. All communications will be posted on our website and Facebook page. 

On behalf of the entire hip team we wish you all much health as we get through these unprecedented times. As we have heard so many times recently, we will get through this together. May all of you continue to be safe and well.


Supporting independent living for people with disabilities, hip is a nonprofit agency run by and for people with disabilities. Its purpose is to promote full inclusion and full accessibility for all people, and to enhance the ability of every individual to live and work with maximum independence.

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We provide a wide range of services for people with disabilities in the areas of advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living skills training. We offer employment services, life skills training classes, and recreational activities for adults and young adults. hip also provides services, such as support coordination and care management under a number of state and county programs. hip’s comprehensive services are a critical part of the support network that enables people with disabilities residing in Bergen and Hudson counties to live independently in their communities.

hip is one of 11 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in New Jersey, and one of nearly 500 CILs nationwide. All of hip’s programs and services embody the principles of the Independent Living philosophy, which asserts that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, choices, and control as do people without disabilities. hip currently serves over 1,500 individuals and families in Bergen and Hudson counties. Services are funded through state and federal grants, membership contributions, donations, fundraising, and a host of agencies and foundations that have partnered with hip to realize equal opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about hip, our services, or Independent Living in general, please contact us today.

Upcoming Events


All of us at Heightened Independence and Progress were very excited about our upcoming 40th Anniversary Gala. Unfortunately, in light of recent events, our gala has been postponed. Please be careful, be safe and be well so that you can celebrate with us when we reschedule in the future.

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Letter – May, 2020

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In my town we’ve just completed a Municipal election to fill three seats on the Council. In the spirit of social distancing It was determined that the election be conducted completely by mail-in ballots. I thought that this would be a simple process especially because...

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