About Us
WHAT IS AIDS?
 

OK- now to the Scientific stuff. 

First the basics: what is AIDS? AIDS (acquire immune deficiency syndrome) is a condition caused by a virus called HIV. This virus attacks the immune system, the body's "security force" that fights off infections. When the immune system breaks down, you lose this protection and can develop many serious, often deadly infections and cancers. These are called "opportunistic infections (OIs)" because they take advantage of the body's weakened defenses. You have heard it said that someone "died of AIDS." This is not entirely accurate, since it is the opportunistic infections that cause death. AIDS is the condition that lets the OIs take hold.

 
PPD's -- WISH LIST

How You Can Make a Differences in Someone's Life

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PPD has produced a wish list of items needed to implement our mission, and goals. If you can help us by donating any of the items on our list you would be facilitating, and making a real world change in the life of someone living with HIV/AIDS and who is Differently-abled.

Remember........

Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear, the blind can read and those with HIV/AIDS can feel.

Your donations to PPD’s wish list of items will make it possible for us to carry out our mission to serve the HIV/AIDS Differently-abled community. If you have any of these items, new or used, on our wish list, please give because, your generosity will go a long way to making a difference for the differently-abled.

Please take a look at our Wish list items: 

 

Office Space for admin

 
Iris Matias-Quintana

 

iris_photo_for_website.jpgIris Matias-Quintana was formerly employed by the United States Postal Service and has worked as an administrative assistant for many years. In the spring of 1995 Iris was diagnosed with HIV, and then had to battle her first opportunistic infection (O/I) thrush. One year later (Spring 1996) Iris was hospitalized and diagnosed with an AIDS defining opportunistic infection, cryptocococal meningitis, which made her blind, hard off hearing in both ears (uses hearing aids), now a wheelchair user, and her hands have been contracted and has dexterity of her thumb and forefinger on each hand (unfortunately the hospital staff was concentrating on keeping her alive that the problems with her hands became a secondary problem).

 
Anthony Richardson
Anthony RichardsonMr. 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.

 
Orbit Clanton
picture_121.jpgOrbit Clanton is Deputy Executive Director, and Co- founder of the AIDS Services Organization. Perceptions for People with Disabilities,(PPD) a grassroots 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located in Harlem, who's mission is to help visually impaired/blind, hard of hearing/deaf, physically and/or mentally challenged persons access services and resources. Formed in 2004, PPD advocates on behalf of the Differently-abled, promotes disability awareness, conducts research designed to inform service providers, stakeholders, and funders on the needs and concerns of individuals living with disabilities and HIV/AIDS. In addition to over seeing the financial development of the organization, and the day-to-day operations, and an AIDS activist. Mr. Clanton has been living with HIV/AIDS for twenty-eight years.

 


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