Positive Exposure Events

Featured Events

September 24


HALIFAX, Nova Scotia


Friday, 24 September 2021, 4:30-5:30 PM ADT
In-person (students, staff, & faculty)
Virtual (unlimited attendance)
This year’s speaker is Rick Guidotti, founder of Positive Exposure.
Register for the virtual event.






Ondaatje Theatre
Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building
6135 University Avenue

September 24



Dental Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs

8:30-9:00 am: Welcome

Remarks from Dean Huja and Dr. Michelle Ziegler

9:00-10:00 am: Keynote:

Positive Exposure by Rick Guidotti

10:00-11:00 am: Orthodontic

Treatment Through the Lens of the Parent of your Patient with Intellectual Disabilities by Dr. Marc Ackerman

11:00-11:30 am: Poster:

Identifying Barriers to Access of Dental Care for Special Needs Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic by Rachael Elvis and Alexa Cox

11:30-12:00 pm: Break

12:00-1:00 pm: Welcoming Patients with Special Heath Care Needs into your Practice by Dr. Michelle Ziegler

1:00-2:00 pm: Prevention,

Caries Management and Silver Diamine Fluoride by Dr. Allen Wong

2:00-2:15 pm: Closing Remarks with Dr. Michelle Ziegler

Speaker Biographies

Rick Guidotti Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty five

years collaborating internationally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools,

educational institutions, museums, galleries, advocacy groups and communities to effect a

change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or

intellectual difference. Rick is the founder and director of POSITIVE EXPOSURE, which 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.

Dr. Ackerman specializes in the orthodontic treatment of children with dentofacial anomalies,

intellectual and physical disabilities and sleep disordered breathing. He received his DMD

from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in and his certificate in

Orthodontics from the University of Rochester-Eastman Dental Center. Dr. Ackerman later

completed his MBA in Executive Leader[1]ship at Jacksonville University Davis College of

Business as well as a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School in 2014. Dr. Ackerman

is the Director of Orthodontics at Boston Children’s Hospital and teaches medical students at Harvard

Medical School and dental students/residents from Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Ziegler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Director of the

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program and clinical faculty of the newly

opened Special Care Dentistry Clinic at the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

at the Medical University of South Carolina. She graduated from the New York University

College of Dentistry, as well as receiving her BS from Columbia University and an AS in Dental

Hygiene from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dental Medicine. Dr. Ziegler’s

postgraduate training includes a two year General Practice Residency at Lutheran Medical

Center in Brooklyn, NY where she was Chief Resident. She was the Director of the General Residency

Program at Lutheran Medical Center and Director of the General Practice Residency Program at Monmouth

Medical Center in New Jersey. Over the last 20 years Dr. Ziegler’s passion has been treating patient with

special needs.

Dr. Allen Wong has taught postdoctoral general dentistry for over 35 years. He currently

teaches at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as a Professor

in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences as well as maintains a private practice in San

Francisco. He has lectured nationally and internationally in the areas of special care dentistry,

and minimally invasive dentistry. Dr. Wong is the immediate past president of The American

Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry, a non-profit, membership organization of

interdisciplinary health professionals — including primary physicians, medical specialists, dentists, optometrists,

Please join us from 11:00-11:30a for the poster presentation by our 4th Year

Dental Students, Rachel Elvis (L) and Alexa Cox (R).

September 16

BEYOND Limits: Canada’s Conference for Diversity and Accessibility: 7PM EST



September 16


About this event: Canada’s Conference for Diversity and Accessibility

September 16, 5pm – 7pm CDT, 6pm – 8pm EST

We’re ready for our 2021 Fall Kick-Off Virtual Event! Join us as we welcome Rick Guidotti and Maysoon Zayid as they each present in our first virtual event this 2021-2022 year!

Target Audience

All are welcome.

Click here for more Info

September 22


IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Eight square pictures of people are across the top. They are all different ages and races. Each person is looking into the camera and smiling or laughing. In the center on a gold background, black wording reads, “POSITIVE EXPOSURE 2021 Celebration, Airing Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 PM EST, Tickets now available.” Below on a white background black wording reads, “Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Champions for Change.” Below are logos from companies including Goldman Sachs, Myers Leadership, Cushman Wakefield, Tastemade, Patti + Ricky, Familial Dysautonomia, Morgan Lewis, Sublime Communications, Miraflex.

August 7

Biennial Family Conference

Image Description: A family of 4 Mom, Dad & 2 Children, smiling and looking into the camera.

Registration is now closed. Questions? Email us at info@clovessyndrome.org

Join us on Friday August 6th from 6-8pm EST for our opening keynote speaker and social event and Saturday August 7th from 10am to 3pm EST for our main sessions.

Our conference this year is virtual event, with activities for kids over 8 and programming for families and people with CLOVES.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure

August 6


The Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Meeting is the premier educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians who care for hospitalized patients.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) Meeting

Tri-sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the PHM meeting provides an all-inclusive arrangement of educational and networking opportunities planned specifically for the pediatric hospital medicine professional. APA will be the host society for the 2021 meeting. The meeting will take place virtually from August 4 – 6, 2021. The meeting time zone is Eastern Daylight Time. Scroll down for complete information on the schedule and to register.

Join Drs. Anthony Fauci & and Lee Beers

Thursday, August 5th at 6:30pm EDT 

Join the White House’s Chief Medical Adviser, Director of NIAID, and AAP’s President, Medical Director, Community Health and Advocacy of Children’s National, to discuss the importance of vaccinating children and reopening schools safely.

Dr. Beers Headshot

Lee Beers, MD
American Academy of Pediatrics


Anthony Fauci, MD
Chief Medical Adviser, Biden Administration
Director, NIAID

Wednesday, August 4th

Leading through Adversity: This is a story of a journey that begins with tragedy and focuses on resiliency, leadership, and perhaps, inspiration

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Dr. Illan Alhadeff Headshot

Ilan Alhadeff, MD, MBA, SFHM, CLHM
Assistant Vice President of Medical Services and Care Management
at Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Thursday, August 5th

Structural Racism and Medicine: Moving from Awareness to Action

11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Dr. Nathan Chomilo Headshot

Nathan T. Chomilo, MD
Medical Director for the State of Minnesota’s Medicaid & MinnesotaCare at the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Accelerating Patient Care and Healthcare Workforce Diversity and Inclusion

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT 

Dr. Julie Silver-min

Julie K. Silver, MD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Harvard Medical School

Friday, August 6th

Positive Exposure: Seeing Beyond the Diagnosis

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT 

Rick Guidotti Headshot

Rick Guidotti
Founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals with genetic difference.

Dr. Priya Chandan Headshot

Priya Chandan, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Louisville School of Medicine

Dr. Corrie Harris headshot

Corrie Harris, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine

July 12

Live Virtual Presentation

11:45 EST



June 29

Presenting to 1400 Medical students @ Melbourne Medical School.

The MD Student Conference (MDSC) is a core university subject of the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program at the Melbourne Medical School.

MDSC is entirely student-led, with over 100 students involved in its organisation, planning and execution. The annual conference is a unique and innovative step in medical education that brings together over 1400 students of all years within the Melbourne Medical School into a setting akin to what they will experience in their future as medical professionals, in order to explore facets of medicine that are not covered by their MD curriculum.

7:00- 8:00 EST

June 16

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black and white backgrounds separated by a thin blue line. White font on the left reads Positive Exposure Connects, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti, #BetterTogether, positiveexposure.org. Purple font on the right reads Little People of America on Fashion and Beauty, Laura Casados, Becky Curran Kekula, Jillian Curwin, Lauren Humphries, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 3:15 PM ET. Two images are below. Left image shows a short-statured gentleman with glasses and  dark skin walking on a bridge. He is smiling and wearing a gray shirt, gray shorts, denim jacket and tennis shoes. Right image shows four short-statured people walking on a fashion runway with purple and blue curtains and lighting behind them. All are smiling and wearing dressy attire.


June 11

31st Annual Conference on Medical Care for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, June 10, 20219:00 amFriday, June 11, 20219:00 am
9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Presentation

Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education (FRAME): Visual Arts Advancing Education and Training in Healthcare for Individuals with IDD

Speakers: Seth Keller, M.D., Neurology Associates of South Jersey and Past-President, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and Rick Guidotti, Founder and CEO, Positive Exposure Productions, Inc.

Often health care practitioners do not receive significant education and training about the health issues and concerns facing those with IDD. Training that is typically provided is usually very academic, clinical and sterile in its mode of presentation. Rick Guidotti and Positive Exposure has developed a unique visual arts project that has been crafted towards healthcare practitioners in training; Project FRAME (Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education). This presentation by Rick Guidotti as well as by Seth Keller MD will review a new Project FRAME effort focusing on persons with epilepsy and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in adults with Down syndrome, as well as Supported Decision Making.

June 13

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Left side has a black background with white wording that reads “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti, #BetterTogether, Sunday 13 June 2021, 9:00 AM ET, positiveexposure.org. A thick red line is between the black background and a white background on the right. Red and gold wording on the white background reads “Doctors with Albinism celebrate June 13 International Albinism Awareness Day Strength Beyond All Odds. A matrix of nine square images are below the words showing nine individuals participating in a video conference call.

June 10

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Thursday, June 10, 2021, 2:00 PM ET

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black background on the left with wording in white that reads “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Facebook Live with Rick Guidotti, #BetterTogether, Thursday, June 10, 2021, 2:00 PM ET, positiveexposure.org” A thin blue bar separates the black background on the left and the white background on the right. Wording in blue at the top reads “Larry P. Johnson, Radio & Television Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker, Author, Step inside my world as a blind child, teenager and young adult growing up in Chicago some 70 years ago, Larry P. Johnson.” Three images at the bottom from left to right — (1) Black and white book cover with a man wearing dark glasses sitting at a desk, (2) an older gentleman wearing dark glasses and a suit pleasantly looking towards the camera, (3) book cover with a pink background, a young boy sits on top of planet earth.

May 22

Filming About Beauty with myFace and Make-Up ARTIST, Naomi.

myFace is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the faces – and transforming the lives – of children and adults with facial differences.

Image Description: Pink and blue lettering for myFace Logo, Changing Faces, Transforming Lives.

Close up Photograph of young lady with big smile, brown skin and blond and gold and green dyed curly hair.)

May 23


20th Street Location.

May 22


Featuring Austin Halls Live

(Image Description: Bold White lettering on Black background Logo The LOUNGE Positive Exposure Featuring Austin Halls Live. Photo of Austin sitting in a chair hand in his hair and face in profile,  in front of colorful Wall with graphic shapes and the word love in many languages)

Saturday, May 22, 2-4pm EST

Virtual Concert

INSTAGRAM LIVE @PositiveExposure

Austin strives to incorporate his degree in psychology, his story, and his music to promote loving yourself and overcoming any obstacles.


April 21

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Office of Continuing Medical Education


April 21

PCOM Tetrasomy 18 FRAME

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: White and black backgrounds. Logos for POSITIVE EXPOSURE, FRAME, PCOM and the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society are on the left side. A matrix of 18 screenshots from a ZOOM call is on the upper right. The participants are each looking at the computers’ cameras. Several are wearing headphones. On the lower right side, wording in white font on a black background reads, “ You’re invited to join POSITIVE EXPOSURE for the premier of our FRAME Film: Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education, Tetrasomy 18 in FRMAE, created by PCOM Students & families from the Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 PM EST, Virtual ZOOM Meeting, LINK to follow.

March 26

E Case Western PE PEARLS In Our Own Words 03.26.2021

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A white background with black font. Four square pictures are on the left. Two guys and two young woman. All are smiling. Wording on the right reads In Our Own Words PEARLS Ambassadors & Youth Advocacy, Friday, March 26, 1:00-2:00 PM EST, Join Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure as he chats with Andrew Burbank, Kelsey Ferrill, Austin Halls and Amy Hansen, young ambassadors who are changing people’s perspectives with their honesty, thoughtfulness, and humor. They will discuss their own journeys and share what inspires them to speak out. FREE and open to the community. Registration required. Two logos are at the bottom — Case Western Reserve University and POSITIVE EXPOSURE.


March 24

MS Genetic Counseling Program: FRAME Workshop

Boston University campus

About The BU Genetic Counseling Program: 

The BU Genetic Counseling Program is committed to providing high-quality training through dynamic coursework, dedicated mentoring, diverse fieldwork and innovative learning experiences to develop motivated genetic counselors to meet the needs of an expanding landscape in genetics and genomics. The primary objective of the Master of Science Degree Program in Genetic Counseling is to educate graduate students in the core concepts of human genetics and counseling. Our focus is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, experience and mentoring to become competent, sensitive and motivated genetic counselors. This is accomplished through a variety of educational experiences including coursework, clinical training, research project preparation and supplementary activities such as case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs and seminars.

March 22

PREMIERE Costello in FRAME Film Virtual Production

March 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Danielle & Katie Slawitschek for making this happen. OUR AMAZING COSTELLO FAMILIES

Medical Advisor: Karen W. Gripp, MD

Medical students:
Mary Sun: Yale School of Medicine
Silpa Tadavarthy: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Alejandro Vega: SUNY Downstate

Image Description: FRAME Logo FRAME in capital letters, the A is much thinner that the other bold letters. Underneath it reads: Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education

March 21


Sunday, 21 March at 3:OO PM EST


March 21 is #WorldDownsyndromeDay! To celebrate we’ll be having a great conversation with GiGi’s Playhouse NYC and people who are living with Down syndrome. We hope you can hang out with us for a little while on Sunday afternoon! Can’t wait to see everyone!!!!!

#PositiveExposure #BetterTogether #ChangeHowYouSee #SeeHowYouChange #FacebookLIVE #WDSD #WDSD2021 #CrazySocks #GiGisPlayhouse

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Background of black on left side and white on the right. Wording on the left is in white font and reads POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Facebook Live with Rick Guidotti, 3:00 PM EST Sunday 21 March. In the middle is a vertical row of four images. All are smiling and looking in the camera. They are different ages and races. On the right is white and black font and reads Celebrating World Down syndrome Awareness Day, POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects will host a conversation with GiGi’s Playhouse and others who are living with Down syndrome. A logo for GiGi’s Playhouse in at the bottom middle with bright colors.

March 17


March is #BrainInjuryAwareness month. On Wednesday, 17 March at 2:OO PM EST, Rick will be having a roundtable discussion on #FacebookLIVE with five people who have experienced brain injury along with the challenges, stigmas and resilience. Please join us!

#PositiveExposure #BetterTogether#ChangeHowYouSee #SeeHowYouChange#BrainInjury

Brain Injury Association of America

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black, white and blue background. On the left side wording reads, “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti, 2:00 PM EST Wednesday 17 March, Facebook LIVE, #BetterTogether. On the right there are six square images of people who are all ages and races who are looking into the camera and smiling. Wording at the top reads, “Brain Injury Awareness.” A round green and blue logo for MORE THAN MY BRAIN INJURY is at the bottom.

March 18


Virtual Positive Exposure Presentation: 10 – 10:35  EST

“Cochrane summarizes the findings so people making important decisions – you, your doctor, the people who write medical guidelines – can use unbiased information to make difficult choices without having to first read every study out there…”
Sifting the evidence, The Guardian, 14 September 2016

Cochrane produces systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and policy.

Image description: Cochrane logo, 2 dark blue half circled separated blue vertical line and horizontal dashes with the words Cochrane Skin: Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.

Bottom image: Dark clue background with head and shoulder silhouettes connected by thin white lines. Words read: Cochrane Skin Annual Meeting. Free Registration Click Here to register

March 4

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Virtual Lecture: 3-4pm

For more than a century, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach—treating people, not just symptoms.

March 3


Uniformed Services University’s Mission:

The mission of USU is to support the readiness of America’s Warfighter and the health and well-being of the military community by educating and developing uniformed health professionals, scientists and leaders; by conducting cutting-edge, military-relevant research, and by providing operational support to units around the world.

February 28


Let’s Celebrate RARE together with POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Rick and friends from around the Globe.. Cant wait to see you Sunday @ 12pm EST on #FacebookLive

Image description: A silhouette of a human figure with arms raised surrounded by colorful fingers splayed wide like sunbeams.
Image Description: Zoom screen shot featuring computer screens of 10 friends from Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden and US.. + Rick
Image Description: Zoom screen shot featuring computer screens of 10 friends from Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden and US making the RARE logo with splayed fingers + Rick with photographing.

February 25

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black background with words reading “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti” on the left side. A picture of a woman is below. She has shoulder length brown hair and is smiling while looking into the camera. On the right is a white background with words reading “Understanding Audio Description Narrative, 3:OO PM EST, February 25TH, Facebook LIVE, POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects talks with Michele Spitz, womanofherword.com, Michele delivers the specilized VoiceOver style required for audio and video descriptions. This service makes media and images accessible to those with visual impairments and helps create a world of inclusion and equity.” An image on the lower right shows a pair of white headphones with a iPhone between the earphones. The iPhone projects an image of a man and woman both with dark hair in a tight embrace. The letters AD are at the top of iPhone. 

February 22

CORNELL Pre-Med Students

Virtual Presentation: 5:30 pm EST

February 10

Positive Exposure presentation to General Student body +Health Care Providers in Training

2pm -4pm VIRTUAL

February 4

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects with Xian Horn and Friends.

Thursday, February 4th @ 12 PM EST

We can’t wait for our conversation with the beautiful and vivacious

Xian Horn and friends this week!!!! It will surround a timely discussion about disability and representation in the mainstream beauty industry. Looking forward to “seeing” all of our friends later this week!
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black, blue and white background. Wording reads “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, Is the Beauty Industry Glossing Over Disability?” Picture of a young woman looking into the camera and smiling. She is holding two ski poles. Other picture is an image of art of a black woman surrounded by flowers, makeup brush sitting in a wheelchair.

Link to Allure Magazine Article



January 28

Thursday, January 28 @ 12 pm EST
Celebrating Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month!! http://marfan.org
Join POSITIVE EXPOSURE and the Amazing Marfan Syndrome
Image description:
1) Black and red background with white font that reads “POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects, 28 January, Celebrating Marfan syndrome Awareness Month. Five images at the bottom with people looking into the camera and smiling. (2) Matrix of 25 square images. All individuals are looking at the camera and laughing or smiling.

January 20

Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series and VIRTUAL POSITIVE EXPOSURE WednesdayJanuary 20th at 5:30-7:00pm



January 20

The NEW Center for Persons with Disabilities

POSITIVE EXPOSURE virtual presentation: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

The Care Center for Persons with Disabilities is a one-of-a-kind enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with all forms of disability. World-wide, people of all ages live with physical or intellectual disabilities either developmental or acquired as they age. Their quality of life is lower by virtue of the lack of well-trained dental practitioners as well as a shortage of facilities capable of delivering necessary care.

Approximately 3,500-square-feet on the second floor of the School’s Robert Schattner Center has been allocated to create the Center, a space that is specifically designed for patients with disabilities. The Personalized Care Suite, the patient care portion of the Center, features 12 operatories, all of which accommodate wheelchairs. There is also a room outfitted with hover dental chairs and at least one room accommodates patients on a gurney. In addition, a stimulation room with low lighting and sound baffling will serve patients with sensory sensitivities. All students will gain direct experience treating patients in the Center and will be expertly trained to handle the unique needs of people with sensory impairments, behavioral problems, psychosocial issues, and other conditions requiring sensitive and comprehensive handling.

For more info

December 3

Aptima: Corporate presentation. 12:00 (noon) – 1:00pm VIRTUAL

For 25 years, Aptima’s mission has been to improve and optimize performance in mission-critical, technology-intensive settings. We apply deep expertise in how humans think, learn, and perform to today’s challenges. Whether for fighter pilots functioning in the cockpit, medical staff in the ICU, or teams collaborating across distributed networks, our solutions help measure, assess, inform, and augment human performance in defense, intel, aviation, law enforcement, and healthcare.

Aptima’s capabilities:

  • Ensure the synergy of humans operating within complex organizations
  • Enhance productivity and insight through human-AI teaming, unobtrusive measurement, data analytics, and intelligent interfaces
  • Accelerate learning, training, and readiness for the mission at hand—and what’s next

Image description: APTIMA Logo with Human Centered Engineering

Silhouette of head in profile with 2 round gears in groove on dark blue with the words THE HUMAN is the last frontier for innovation in the age of technology.