Mr. Anthony Richardson is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Perceptions for People with Disabilities (PPD). Perceptions for People with Disabilities (PPD), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located in Harlem, aims to help visually impaired/blind, hard of hearing/deaf, and physically or mentally challenged persons access services and resources. Formed in 2004, by Anthony Richardson, Orbit Clanton, and Iris Matias-Quintana, PPD advocates on behalf of the Differently-abled, promotes disability awareness, and conducts research designed to inform service providers, stakeholders, and funders on the needs and concerns of individuals living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS. PPD serves as an information clearinghouse and resource center. PPD also makes referrals, provides supportive services, educational and training programs, disability awareness outreach and presentations, and conducts research.
Mr. Richardson worked as a consultant for a commercial relocation firm and assigned to the United Nations for five years. Mr. Richardson had worked as a coordinator for a commodity futures exchange on Wall St. in New York City. Mr. Richardson has extensive training in the HIV/AIDS field from the State of New York Department of Health AIDS Institute sponsored training facilities and has been awarded several commendations from the United States Congress (Certificate of Special Recognition), the New York City Council (Community Service Award) and Brookdale hospital (Certificate of Merit), for his work in the community. Mr. Richardson is a Certified Peer Educator/Counselor and has worked in that capacity for two years at an AIDS Designated Center hospital in Brooklyn. Mr. Richardson worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Grants and Outreach and assisted in the research and gathering of statistical data used for procuring Ryan White Title grants. Mr. Richardson also served as a Steering Committee member of the East New York/Brownsville HIV Care Network for two years. Mr. Richardson served as the Co-Chair of Brookdale Hospital's Treatment for Life Center Community Advisory Board.
In the fall of 2004, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Mr. Richardson to the HIV Health & Human Service Planning Council of New York City. (PC) He served as a member of the Integration of Care Committee (9/2004 to 8/2008) , which ensures people living with the HIV/AIDS disease in the New York Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) will have access to appropriate, quality services across the continuum of care, resulting in the best possible health and quality of life.
Mr. Richardson has extensive experience in the area of serving as a Community Advisory Board member (CAB) with the Saint Nicholas Scatter-Site Housing Program (Ryan White), and Brooklyn Legal Services. Mr. Richardson served as a member of the nationally published HIV/AIDS Magazine, Body Positive. He has made a guest appearance on New York City local television show "Like It Is" (WABC 7), guest speaker on New York local radio talk show "Ask Dr. Buzz" (WWRL 1600 AM), and has a published article in Body Positive magazine (October 2004, "The New York HIV/AIDS Delegation Visits Bangkok"), nationally published magazine POZ (May 2007, "Ready, Willing and Abled"). Anthony is also a member or the New York City Metropoliitan Transit Authority (NYCMTA) American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Committee,and a member or the Black Agency Executives (BAE) of New York City.
Mr. Richardson attended the New York College of Technology, and intends to further his pursuit of education and one day to achieve a degree in Accounting/Business.