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Perceptions For People With Disabilities


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Perceptions For People With Disabilities

  1. 1. for People with Disabilities Perceptions Making Positive Changes for the Differently-Abled Advocate Educate Elevate
  2. 2. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, the blind can read, and those with HIV/AIDS can feel "
  3. 3. The History <ul><li>The idea of Perceptions for People with Disabilities (PPD) was conceived in 2003 by a group of concerned citizens that saw a need to serve the disabled HIV/AIDS infected and affected population. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2004 the organization received its 501 C 3 (tax-exempt) status, the group then identified space and began to provide information, and referrals for the community. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mission Statement Perceptions for People with Disabilities ( PPD ) is committed to empowering and educating the differently-abled, (visually/blind, hard of hearing/daft, mentally and/or physically challenged) people living with HIV/AIDS to be socially independent and self-sufficient. PPD also strives to increase community awareness around the special needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who are visually impaired/blind, hard of hearing/deaf, mentally and/or physically challenged.
  5. 5. Perception’s People Cofounders Anthony Richardson Executive Director R. Orbit Clanton Deputy Executive Director Iris Matias
  6. 6. Planned Future Programs <ul><li>Support Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adherence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Behavioral Change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infected/Affected </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>Library (Resource materials) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Access </li></ul><ul><li>(for low vision/blind) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Service Area <ul><li>PPD currently is a referral, and information clearinghouse, for people who are HIV/AIDS (+) and Differently-abled living in NYC. </li></ul><ul><li>In the coming months, PPD will begin to provide services for the Tri-County region of NY State. </li></ul>
  8. 8. HIV/AIDS and the Differently-Abled <ul><li>People who are differently-abled have equal or greater exposure to all known risk factors for HIV infection. </li></ul><ul><li>Homosexuality and bisexuality appear to occur at the same rate among individuals who are differently-abled as among the non-disabled. </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals who are differently-abled are as likely as non-disabled persons to use drugs and alcohol. </li></ul><ul><li>People who are differently-abled are as likely as their non-disabled peers to be sexually active. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Disabilities- Before and After HIV/AIDS <ul><li>Physical- inability to walk, in need of a wheelchair, walker or personal aide. </li></ul><ul><li>Blind or Visually impaired. </li></ul><ul><li>Partial or complete hearing loss. </li></ul><ul><li>These can be present prior to HIV infection or may occur as a result of HIV/AIDS progression. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Did you know ??? As of 1995, there were 200 deaf people on the NAMES QUILT Project. As of 1994, the estimates of HIV-positive deaf run from 7,000 to as high as 26,000 (in the United States). Currently, there are virtually no data on the impact of HIV and AIDS on disabled populations. This means there is strikingly little information on the impact of the AIDS epidemic on 10% of the world’s population and their families. PPD plans to include a disability component when collecting data on HIV and AIDS.
  11. 11. NYC AIDS Cases & CMV Retinitis <ul><li>CMV, is a virus. For someone with HIV or AIDS, CMV can cause retinitis (blurred vision and sometimes blindness) </li></ul><ul><li>2,059 cases through 12/03- 2% of all AIDS/HIV Cases in NYC </li></ul><ul><li>79% Men </li></ul><ul><li>21% Women </li></ul>NYS Dept. of Health, Jan. 2004
  12. 12. NYC CMV Stats Cont. <ul><li>Whites 39% </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanics 31% </li></ul><ul><li>Blacks 28% </li></ul><ul><li>API less than 1% </li></ul><ul><li>NAmer. less than 1% </li></ul><ul><li>Other less than 1% </li></ul>
  13. 13. Things for AIDS Service providers to consider: <ul><li>Is my agency easy to access? Do we have an elevator or ramp? </li></ul><ul><li>What resources will a disabled person need outside of the regular care and treatment options? </li></ul><ul><li>Are my print resources available in Braille, large print, or cassette tape? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my website accessible to the blind? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we have a TTY telephone service for the deaf? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we conduct outreach at places that the differently-abled may frequent? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Things you can do to help! <ul><li>Make sure that local disability organizations are on your distribution list. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite disabled people to join HIV and AIDS training groups and have training materials ready in an accessible format. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that disabled people are depicted as members of the general population in posters, billboards or other materials about HIV and AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>Train AIDS educators, outreach workers, clinic and social service staff on disability issues. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Contact Information <ul><li>Perceptions for People with Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Anthony Richardson </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>R.Orbit Clanton </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>212.860.3731 </li></ul><ul><li>27 East 124 th Street, Suite 4-E </li></ul><ul><li>New York, NY 10035 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. What You Can Do RIGHT Now to Help is to Donate <ul><li>PPD really needs your financial help. In order to provide the needed programs, services and information to the HIV/AIDS differently-abled community. </li></ul><ul><li>So please would you open your hearts and give. </li></ul><ul><li>Your can make a donation in the name of a loved one who is living with HIV/AIDS. </li></ul><ul><li>OR you can also make a donation in the loving memory of someone who is no longer with you due to HIV/AIDS. </li></ul>
  17. 17. You Can Make a Difference by DONATING NOW