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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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hipTALKS Resume & Interview prep

hipTALKS Resume & Interview prep

hipTALKS Resume & Interview prep.
by Jesse Schwartzman.

Welcome back to another hip talk my name is Jesse and today we’re talking about resume and interview prep. So it’s very important when you’re looking at a resume to make sure that there’s no spelling errors.

I’ve looked at resumes for bosses in the past and with all the technology out there that has all the spell check and all that stuff you would still see people that have resumes that have incorrect errors.

hipTALKS on Mental Health

hipTALKS on Mental Health

hipTALKS on Mental Health,
by Meaghan Velten.

hi my name my name is Megan and I’m here on behalf of heightened Independence in Progress (hip) to give a hip talk about mental health especially as it pertains to college students now as college students you are known offices when it comes to stressors there are a lot of things that could derail your mental health over the course of a year or maybe a semester for instance if it’s midterms or finals that’s different than if it’s the beginning of the semester if …

Access Not Always Equal

Access Not Always Equal

Stanley Soden of Long Branch was heading down Lowden Court to pick up groceries for himself and two neighbors in his apartment building. Despite the sidewalks that line Monmouth Medical Center on his right, Soden, who uses a motorized wheelchair, was riding on the street next to cars and trucks.

The reason? For Soden, sidewalks can be less safe than streets. At a few curb cuts leading down the sidewalk along Lowden Court, puddles and potholes have the ability to tip his wheelchair.

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hipTALKS about college

hipTALKS about college

hipTALKS about college.
by Jesse Schwartzman

Welcome to the first of many hip talks about the transition from high school to college.

My name is Jesse and I will talk about how stay organized some time management skills how best to scroll through your campus email and how to be an active listener.

I’m wearing a black shirt I have brown hair blue eyes and I’m wearing glasses or pronouns are he him there are many ways to stay organized.

Letter October 2022

Letter October 2022

Every now and then I will lend my column to a member of the staff so that they can share their views.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
By Jesse Schwartzman.

This month we celebrate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM was declared by Congress in 1988 to spread awareness and the contributions of people with disabilities while at work.

Annual Holiday Party 2022

Annual Holiday Party 2022

Dinner, Dancing, Music & Holiday Cheer.

Join us at The Double Tree Hotel,
2117 Rt. 4 East Fort Lee, NJ
on Sunday, December 11th
from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Cost is $50 per person + transportation.

Please return this RSVP no later than
Thursday, November 29th.

There will be limited transportation available.

Annual Meeting 2022

Annual Meeting 2022

The Annual Membership Meeting.

Hackensack Recreation Center
116 Holt Street, Hackensack, NJ
Wednesday, November 16th from 6 – 9 pm.

Keynote Speaker:
Soke Larry Barr: Possibilities, not Disabilities.

Join hip’s Board of Trustees, staff, consumers, and friends over festive refreshments and demonstrate your support of the concept of Independent Living.

hipNews Summer 2022

hipNews Summer 2022

From the Desk of the President:
The Brain Health & Community Resource Fair.
Elder Abuse Walk.
College Initiative.
Bergen County Caregiver Conference.
Food collection.
Upcoming Events.
Recipe Corner!
Delivery Time!
Our New hip Friends
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New Arts Projects for MTS.

Celebrate the ADA!

Celebrate the ADA!

Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) America’s first intensive legislation focusing on the equality for people with disabilities. This Act has been an impetus in driving our country forward towards equal opportunity, …

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 is the new three-digit dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Starting July 16, 2022, you can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.

Need a lawyer? We can Help.

Need a lawyer? We can Help.

Our lawyers provide no-cost legal services for eligible residents of Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties.

Call (973) 523-2900 to learn how we van help.

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Want a Clean State?

Want a Clean State?

Want a clean state?

Our attorneys provide free legal assistance with expungement of criminal records.
Call (973) 523-2900 to learn how we can help.

Northeast, New Jersey

PSEG-NJ Utility Support Program for Residents

PSEG-NJ Utility Support Program for Residents

Are you behind on your utility bills? PSEG can help you get back on track. Utility payment assistance programs have expanded to include more people in need. The state’s COVID-19 utility moratorium grace period is coming to an end on March 15th. See utility assistance programs that are currently available. (English & Spanish)

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