POSITIVE EXPOSURE is a  501 (c) 3 charitable organization. 

Tax ID 02 053 6768

Our Mission: POSITIVE EXPOSURE, founded in 1998, utilizes the arts, film and narratives to present the humanity and dignity of individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral and intellectual differences.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE celebrates the beauty of human diversity, inclusive of ethnicity, religion, age, ability, learning style, gender expression and sexual orientation.


For more than 20 years, POSITIVE EXPOSURE has collaborated globally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools, educational institutions, advocacy groups and communities to promote a more inclusive and compassionate world where ALL differences are understood, embraced and celebrated.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE has significantly impacted the field of human rights, mental health, medicine, and education by providing new opportunities to see each individual as a human being and valued member of our society.

In June 1998, POSITIVE EXPOSURE was featured in LIFE Magazine as the cover story entitled, Redefining Beauty:

In collaboration with the Genetic Alliance and the National Human Genome Research Institute, POSITIVE EXPOSURE premiered a photographic exhibition for the People’s Genome Celebration at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History in 2001. Since then, POSITIVE EXPOSURE has continued to develop exhibitions, lectures, workshops, educational programs and initiatives.


FRAME  (Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education) is a web-based film library that changes how medical information is presented to healthcare providers in training, clinicians, families and communities.

PEARLS Project highlights our shared humanity by providing a blog platform for our ambassadors from around the world to tell their stories, and allow audiences to experience life from their unique perspective.

In 2017, POSITIVE EXPOSURE BELGIUM was established as the European headquarters with the launch in Ghent, Belgium.

For additional information, please contract our European Program Director, Bieke kreps: bieke@positiveexposure.org


Click here for a selection of lectures and workshops.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE 109 – a community space celebrating human diversity through arts and culture – is open in NYC’s East Harlem on Museum Mile. This innovative, new space is the first of its kind in the history of New York City.

Today, POSITIVE EXPOSURE 109 is a PLACE where we all belong,  a PLACE for you to be you, to tell your story, share your gifts and meet and learn from other people. A PLACE where we can collaborate with you — our friends and partners to create programs, performances and exhibitions to share locally and globally.Kathleen Cail, President, Board of Directors.

How you can support POSITIVE EXPOSURE:

  • Please support our programs by donating online.
  • Please help make POSITIVE EXPOSURE 109 fully accessible.
  • Invite a POSITIVE EXPOSURE presentation, exhibition to your community.
  • Register to view our PEARLS Ambassadors blogs.
  • Be a PEARLS Project Host School.
  • Collaborate with POSITIVE EXPOSURE and your community.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE has been featured in media outlets such as People, The American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, The New York Times, Huff Post, Herald Tribune, Le Figaro, LIFE, CNN, BBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, among others. POSITIVE EXPOSURE is the focus of the 2014 award-winning documentary, On Beauty, by Kartemquin Films.