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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.

Save the date May 1st, 2020. Gala Celebration 40th Anniversary

May 1st, 2020, 6:30-11:00 P.M.. Doubletree by Hilton Fort Lee, 2117 Rt 4 East, Fort Lee, NJ
For more information contact: Trish Carney at tcarney@hipcil.org

From the Desk of the President/CEO

In Loving Memory Eileen Goff

Eileen Goff In Loving Memory By now many of you have heard that hip’s beloved founder and former President/CEO Eileen Goff passed away on August 3, 2019. The opening paragraph of her obituary stated that she was a woman of remarkable warmth, generosity, dignity and...

hip Happenings

The Gift of Purpose

The Gift of Purpose

The Gift of Purpose By Marianne Valls My mother had given my life but Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) gave my life purpose and direction. I was born with cerebral palsy and although I earned a college degree, I thought that employment was impossible. All I...


Take Control of Your Health – Workshop

Take Control of Your Health – Workshop

Take Control of Your Health Series Are you an adult age 18 or older with an ongoing health condition or a Caregiver? If so, then the free 6 week Take Control of Your Health workshop series is for you! Free refreshments and a gift upon completion! Dates:...


What companies gain by including persons with disabilities

What companies gain by including persons with disabilities

  More than one billion people in this world are living with some form of disability. That’s one in seven of us. Eighty percent of these people acquire their disability between the ages of 18 and 64 - the average working age for most - and they are 50% more...


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Hudson County

We serve people with disabilities in the New Jersey counties of Bergen and Hudson.


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