October 2018

October 26-27

4th Annual DDX3X Family Conference

  • The Science History Institute
    315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Keynote and Photography: Rick 

About DDX3X

-Is caused by a spontaneous mutation at conception; nothing either parent did caused their child’s condition
-Primarily affects girls due to its location on the X-chromosome, though there are affected boys
-Was only recently discovered in 2014
-Has only been identified in about 200 individuals, however, doctors believe it is the cause of 1 to 3 percent of all intellectual disabilities in females
-Is often misdiagnosed as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, Dandy Walker Syndrome, or a generic developmentally delayed label
-Is linked to intellectual disabilities, seizures, autism, low muscle tone, abnormalities of the brain, and slower physical developments
-Has a broad spectrum—some children learn to speak in full sentences while others are nonverbal; some individuals run, jump, and even ski while others are unable to walk

DDX3X Foundation: Our mission is to connect families, resources, and the medical community to advance research for a cure to DDX3X gene mutations.
Our ultimate goal over the coming years is to accelerate brain function in individuals affected by DDX3X through advances in gene therapy and pharmaceuticals.

October 18

Lecture to the Genetic Counseling Graduate Students: Rick

The  Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College.

Integrating education, healthcare, and humanism, this celebrated program prepares genetic counselors to work in a growing, dynamic field.

The mission of the Human Genetics program is to improve health care for all people by educating genetic counselors so they are prepared to meet current and future needs of their clients, their communities, their profession, and society at large.

Established in 1969, the program was the first of its kind in the United States. It remains the largest graduate program in genetic counseling in the world.

October 16

October 16

POSITIVE EXPOSURE’s great friend, Jonathan Hansen, is honoring us on October 16th at his gallery in NYC.
If you’re in town, please come as our guest.
Jonathan writes:
For the final evening at the Ideal Glass Studio on Tuesday October 16th from 6-8pm, I am hosting a private viewing of the Series in honor of POSITIVE EXPOSURE.
Rick and I have been friends for years and the release of my new work became the perfect opportunity for us to explore our mutual interest in the ideas of beauty, freedom, captivity and inclusion.
Hope you can make it…!
The viewing will take place on Tuesday October 16th from 6-8pm
Ideal Glass Studio
22 East 2nd Street NYC
About Jonathan’s work:
The series of nine works, fabricated from Calacatta marble, industrial resin and mounted on architectonic bronze, transcend categorization, in their blending of vernacular forms of furniture, the permanence of sculpture and topographies of architecture.

October 13, 2018



ACCESS Ridgewood Fashion Show 2018

October 13, 2018

Kids and young adults of varying abilities and differing abilities model side by side in a fabulously inclusive environment.  Siblings / friends are encouraged to model as well.  Volunteers are always available to escort a model.  It is a wonderful opportunity for our kids to have a fun day and express their amazingly unique selves.  The fashion show is one of the highlights of the ACCESS Ridgewood weekend – a town-wide differing abilities awareness event.

Our models come from all over the Tri-State Area & more!!


August 18 – March

EXTENDED!!!!!!!! POSITIVE EXPOSURE Community based exhibition and continuous screening of FRAME Films in collaboration with A Children’s House for the Soul!