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Heightened Independence & Progress (hip)




Adjustment to Vision Loss

The Adjustment to Vision Loss Project is a unique program designed to assist individuals in adjusting to the loss of vision, through one-on-one direct assistance as well as involvement in peer support groups.

Groups address issues and concerns of people with vision loss, and through the sharing of their experiences, members provide support to one another.


Advocacy is a service at hip which occurs in many ways. The overriding goal is to promote and ensure the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. Advocacy staff direct their efforts toward working with individual consumers who face difficulties in areas of housing, employment, transportation, and many other issues.

Systems advocacy is geared toward challenges faced by many people with disabilities. Efforts are directed at enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, and other issues which promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.

DDD Support Coordination Program

hip‘s Support Coordinators assist DDD-eligible Bergen County residents and their family/support team in assessing their needs and developing an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to access community-based programs and services. The Support Coordinators locate, link, coordinate and monitor the supports and services on an ongoing basis to ensure that all necessary services remain in place to enable the individual to achieve their desired outcomes.

Hispanic Outreach Program

Through this project bilingual staff provide all Center for Independent Living services to people with disabilities who are Spanish speaking. Assistance is provided with completing applications for immigration, Social Security, housing, and other financial benefit programs. Translation is provided as necessary.

It's All About Work / Pre-employment Transitioning Services

It’s All About Work is a program developed by the New Jersey Association of Centers for Independent Living (NJACIL) in partnership with New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS). Through a series of course offerings provided at high schools, transition-aged students begin to explore their career preferences related to interests and abilities, learn about the adult service system and skills needed for independent living and identify their life goals, particularly those related to work. At the conclusion of the course, students are eligible for individualized employment-related services through DVRS. Another component of the program works with adults referred by DVRS who benefit from instruction on enhancing their job readiness skills.

Multimedia Transcription Service

Multimedia Transcription Service (MTS) transcribes print documents into braille and some audio formats. Through an extensive staff of transcribers certified by the Library of Congress, materials are produced for schools, government entities, non-profit agencies, the corporate sector, hospitals, theaters, and the community at large. A full range of literary, math, science, computer and foreign language textbooks have been produced for students across the country.  Please contact us for further information at MTS Contact Us.

Peer Support Groups

hip offers the following peer support groups:

  • Empowering Women meets at the Bergen hip office on the second Thursday of each month from 11 am – 1 pm to address issues such as relationships, women’s issues, family dynamics, employment, information sharing, and day-to-day challenges.
  • AVL Fort Lee Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 10 am – noon at the Fort Lee Recreation Center, Bottom of Stillwell Avenue (at William T. Birch Par k), Fort Lee, NJ 07024.
  • AVL North Arlington Low Vision Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 pm – 4 pm at the North Arlington Senior Community Center, North Arlington, NJ 07031.
  • AVL Washington Township Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Temple Beth Or, 56 Ridgewood Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676.

State-wide Peer Conference Phone Support Groups

Ages 18 – 30 will meet the first Thursday evening of each month at 7 pm.

Ages 31-50 will meet the second Tuesday evening of each month 7 pm.

Conference lines will be given to all who are participating.

Rehabilitation Technology (SNAP, MAP, and POLIO)

The Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) serves Bergen County residents who are elderly or disabled by providing funding toward assistive devices, equipment, or services which enable them to function independently in their everyday lives.  Some examples include wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, hearing aids, emergency alert systems, and more. Individuals can apply for grants of up to $300.

The Modification Access project (MAP) provides partial funding to enable Bergen County residents who are elderly and/or disabled to increase accessibility within their homes.  Some examples of home modifications are ramps, roll-in showers, railings, wheelchair lifts and the widening of doorways. Individuals can apply for grants of up to $1,800.

The New Jersey Polio Network Program assists New Jersey residents who have been affected by polio.  Individuals can apply for grants of up to $1,000 for such needs as medical evaluations, assistive devices, and medical transportation costs.

Senior and Caregiver Assistance Program

SCAP is a component of the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) which offers information, facilitates referrals, and provides linkage to essential services to individuals (60 or over) who either have a disability or are caregivers to individuals over 60.  Staff assess needs and coordinate community-based services to enhance the quality of life of both the caregiver and the care recipient.

Support for Independent Living

SIL provides care management services for Bergen County residents ages 18 – 59 who have disabilities.  As a component of the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection (ADRC), SIL enables individuals to remain independent in their homes. Staff works with consumers to assess needs and coordinate community based services such as home health-care, financial benefits programs, and Meals on Wheels.

Traumatic Brain Injury Fund

The Traumatic Brain Injury financial (TBI) Fund is a state-funded case management program which provides community services and support for New Jersey residents who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury. hip’s care managers work with individuals to assist them in utilizing available funding for various therapies as well as the purchase of equipment and other individual services.

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