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April 26

January 9



Penn State Children’s Hospital; Grand Rounds

Hershey, PA

February 7





Pediatric Grand Rounds: Children’s Medical Center @ Winthrop-University Hospital – Long Island, NY

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Winthrop’s Children’s Medical Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for demonstrating excellence in the specialties of:

  • Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

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February 3

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Screening ON BEAUTY and Presentation

Genetic Task Force of Illinois Website

February 2


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The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University will host its fourth annual “Conversations in Bioethics” program on February 2, 2017 on the topic of “disability.” Event info

Thursday, February 2, 2017


5:00pm Student Gallery, Healy Hall, first floor
(drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres)

6:00pm Panel Discussion, Gaston Hall
(will also be live-streamed; check back for link)

We hope to see you there! Stay up to date on this year’s conversation by joining the Institute’s mailing list.


What is a disability, anyway?

In an era of ever-growing pharmaceutical enhancement, what counts as intellectually disabled, and why would that matter? How does the way we define disability (and normalcy) impact the just distribution of resources in society — and the way society treats those who happen to fall outside the norm? How are foundational concepts in ethics like dignity or autonomy complicated by reflection on the many ways we are dependent on others in the course of any “normal” human lifespan?

Each year, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics convenes a wide-ranging and personal conversation among expert panelists, preceded and informed by student work on the same topic. We can’t wait to share this year’s conversation, complicating the very notion of “disability.” Join us this February, in-person at Georgetown University, or digitally via live-stream, as our team goes deep on this thought-provoking and deeply important issue.








Did you know? This year’s topic celebrates one of the issues at the heart of the KIE story: disability.

The Institute was founded in 1971 with support from the Rose and Joseph Kennedy Foundation, inspired in large part by the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to advancing the rights of the disabled. This year’s topic celebrates that founding vision of a world where the voices of the powerless are made powerful through thoughtful reflection and theory-driven advocacy, and it dives deep into some of the most complicated and interesting questions in disability ethics today.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects August 26

We are BEYOND excited to have a conversation with internationally-renowned artist, David Marchi, tomorrow on #FacebookLIVE at 2:00 PM EST!!!!!

David’s passion for painting was the direct result of a broken back from a boating accident in 2015.

Prior to this, David never painted.

In 2019, he was diagnosed by Dr. Darold Treffert with Acquired Savant Syndrome. This is where dormant savant skills emerge after a spinal or brain injury or disease in previously non-disabled persons.

Today, David’s life is his painting.

He is currently studying under Larry Poons and Peter Bonner at the Art Students League in New York City and

has traveled to Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Sao Paulo and London to paint with other artists.

His work is collected world-wide and is currently being critiqued by Pulitzer prize and New York Magazine art critic, Jerry Saltz.

Through his art, he supports Positive Exposure, The Human Rights Campaign, and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

IMAGE: Black background with with lettering. POSITIVE EXPOSURE logo reading “Change How You See, See How You Change” in upper left corner. POSITIVE EXPOSURE Conencts, August 26, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti, #BetterTogether in upper right corner. Wednesday – A Conversation with David Marchi an Internationally-renowned Artist, Acquired Savant Syndrome, Post-traumatic Growth, Mental Health Advocate, 2:00 PM EST. Three square images are at the bottom (from left to right) An abstract painting in greens and blues. A man standing in from of a painting wearing a baseball cap and white shirt. His arms are folded, and he is looking into the camera and smiling. An abstract painting with reds, greens, yellow and blues.

#PositiveExposure #ChangeHowYouSee #SeeHowYouChange #MentalHealth #SavantSyndrome #BornThisWay #LadyGaga #NYTimes #NYAchitectualDigest #Art

Mem Nahadr

Mem Nahadr (pronounced mem na-HAHD), also known as M. Nahadr and simply “M”, is an American performance artist and multi-octave vocalist best known for the performance of the song “Butterfly”, composed by Yoko Kanno and lyricized by Chris Mosdell for Cowboy Bebop. She is also an author, composer, poet, filmmaker, and human rights activist.


OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO From the Opera: “FEMME FRACTALE”, by critically acclaimed Performance Artist MEM NAHADR. “Passage” Co-written by C.J.Wright. http://ctwjmusicproduction.com/
Directed by: Victor Moore (Showset Productions). http://www.showsetproductions.com/
Mastered by James P. Nichols http://jamespnicholsconsulting.com/
Creative Direction: Claude E. Sloan, Jr. Costuming: JustRaymona™ https://justraymona.com/
FILMED AT:: Manhattan Center Studios, New York. https://mc34.com/
PERFORMANCE ARTIST Mem Nahadr: https://www.MemNahadr.com
POSITIVE EXPOSURE Grand Opening Performance:

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects August 18-20

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects August 3-5

Tuesday, August 3rd @ 2pm ET Living in the Light, Levi Gershkowitz, Founder and CEO, Jeff Reinhardt, Head of Advocacy, Living in the Light | I Stay Home for Rare Initiative.

Thursday: August 5th @ 2 pm ET Art and Disabilities with Sugandha Gupta, Textile Artist and Designer | Disability Advocate.

IMAGE: A bright green background with black font. Change How You See, See How You Change black and white logo in the upper left corner. Positive Exposure Connects August 3 and 5, Facebook LIVE with Rick Guidotti, #BetterTogether. Tuesday – Living in the Light, Levi Gershkowitz, Founder and CEO, Jeff Reinhardt, Head of Advocacy, Living in the Light | I Stay Home for Rare Initiative, 2:OO PM EST. A picture with an African American woman wearing glasses, smiling and a young child with oxygen tubing is on the right. Thursday – Art and Disabilities, Sugandha Gupta, Textile Artist and Designer | Disability Advocate, 2:OO PM EST. A picture of a woman with light blond/white hair is looking into camera and smiling is on the right.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects July 28.29.30

Top left:

CHANGE HOW YOU SEE, SEE HOW YOU CHANGE white type, black background

Top Right:

July 28-30
Facebook Live with Rick Guidott

TUESDAY: July 28 @4pm ET

The Superhero Project
Lisa Kollins and Nikki Montgomery
Creating Joy 1 character at a time.
Superhero Logo in gold and blue, graphic shape resembles person with hands on hips.

WEDNESDAY: July 29 @8pm ET

Sunshine Troupe, Australia
Giving voice to people with disabilities through dance and performance.
Three dances in dance poses, wearing black, white and red clothes.

THURSDAY: July 30 @4pmET

All things ADA & Accessibility

Quemuel Aroyo, Xian Horn, Becky Curran Kekula, Jessica Murray
Image of 3 women smiling in camera. Middle person, in a wedding dress.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects July 21-24

Tuesday July 21@ 2pm ET

Building Parent Connections with Michelle O’Connor and Sheila Adamo



Wednesday July 22@ 11am ET

Helen Rose Kalia Jacobs, UK and Family

Self Love Architect, Author, Media Personality, Public Speaker, Nutritional Fusion Chef & Musician. International Woman of the Year.

Thursday July 23@ 2pm ET

Outside Voices: Poetry Reading.

“We are smooth and soft like ice cream on a hot day.”

“We are a collective of poets with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our normal might not be your normal. We occupy new dimensions. We are about advocacy, empowerment, out-of-the-box-thinking and disability pride. We chose our name because we believe that VOICES from the OUTSIDE deserve to be heard. We believe in access. We will not use our quiet, inside voices to get your attention.

Friday July 24 @4pm ET

Giving Voice to the rare disease community through filmmaking.

Emmy Nominated: Joanna Rudnick

Director Producer, Kartemquin Films ON BEAUTY.

Joanna made her directorial debut with In the Family, a deeply personal story about coming to terms with having a mutation in one of the breast cancer (BRCA) genes.


July 14 & 16 POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects

Tuesday July 14: 2pm

Introducing Filmmakers with a unique perspective. Reed Smith, Filmmaker: Graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Program.

With: Erik Spink & Amitabh Joshi FRAME Film TEAM/ Vacant Light/ Professors, School of VisualArts

Image: Young man in blue shirt with video camera filming lunch on table while seated student with scarf  in her hair looks on.

Thursday July 16: 2pm

Advocate for Authentic Casting on Stage & Screen. Christine Bruno; Actor, teaching artist, activist, disability consultant.

Image: Portrait of young woman with short hair, bright eyes, slight smile looking right into the lens of the camera.

July 7 and 8 POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects

July 7th

Tuesday: 2pm ET

Janet LaBreck: Activist and Advocate

Former Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), within the United States Department of Education.

July 8th

Wednesday: 2pm Progressive Visions Photos Club and West Farm

(Printed on a bright yellow background with Change How You See, See How You Change logo in left hand corner. Image of Janet: African American Woman with curly dark hair white blouse and Navy sport jacket. Very elegant. Next photo for photography club, group shot of 4 people, 3 men and 1 woman. Everyone is looking into the camera and smiling.)


POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects Week of June 30th

Two great interviews for this week on #FacebookLIVE to discuss#Marfansyndrome with @dominoe44 (Dominga Noe) and the #ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Be sure to join us today (Tuesday) and Thursday for some great conversations!
(Image: Square image with blue background with black and white wording — Positive Exposure Connects, June 30-July 2, Advocacy for Marfan Syndrome, Tuesday at 2:00 PM EST with a picture of a smiling girl with brown hair and glasses; The Art of Creating an Exhibition Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act with a picture showing the back of a girl wearing an orange shirt that reads “advocacy, diversity, acceptance,” Thursday at 3:00 PM EST)

POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects June 23 – 26

23rd Tuesday: 4pm ET

Little People of America Make the World Your Runway

Chat Fashion with Becky Curran Kekula and Lauren Humphries



24th Wednesday: 2pm ET

World Vitiligo Day

Chat with Diane Tribbit & Friends

Houston Vitiligo Awareness Movement



25th Thursday: 2pm ET

Donna Walton

Divas with Disabilities Project

Zazel Chavah-O’Garra

Founder and Artistic Director, ZCO Project


26th Friday: 2pm

Quemuel Arroyo

Appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Surface Transportation Committee which is helping plan for the reopening of NYC post Covid.

Former Chief Accessibility Specialist of New York City Department of Transportation



June 16 Tuesday 2pm

Avi Golden Aphasia Advocacy

June 17, Wednesday 2 pm

Tiffany A. Yu, Founder of Diversability

Marcela Maranon: Journey of a Brave Woman

 June 18, Thursday 12pm (noon)

Anita Hollander: Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Director, Teacher

June 18 Thursday 4pm

Myself My World launch

June19, Friday @3pm

Mem Nahadr an American performance artist and multi-octave vocalist , author, composer, poet, filmmaker, and human rights activist

June 9-13 POSITIVE EXPOSURE Connects:

May 26-30

Tuesday May 26 2 pm

 Christie Falco

Lawyer, advocate for people living with albinism & cancer survivor

Wednesday May 27 2 pm

Sugandha Gupta

Textile Artist/ Maker/ Designer/ Disability Advocate/ Educator

W: https://sugandhainhere.wixsite.com/website

I: https://www.instagram.com/sugandha.in.here/

Thursday May 28 2 pm

Katie Wright │ Director

The VEDS Movement

Charging forward. Saving lives.


The VEDS Movement is the Foundation’s newest division. Learn about Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (VEDS)

Friday May 29 11am

Bieke kreps

Pediatric Dentist in Belgium and also Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry & Director of Positive Exposure Europe.

With photographer & make-up artist, Joseph Boggess

Saturday May 30 11am

Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society’s Founder and President Jannine Cody with daughters, Catherine Cody Larson, Child psychiatrist and advocate, Elizabeth Cody.


May 19 to May 22


May 19-22, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2:30pm (EST)

“The Hack-Ability Toolkit”

Open Style Lab

Grace Jun, CEO

Kieran O’Brien Kern, Engagement Manager


Discussing the Hackability Toolkit

Established in 2014, Open Style Lab (OSL) is 501(c)(3) organization dedicated

to creating functional, wearable solutions for people of all abilities without

compromising on style.

The OSL Team will demonstrate The Hack-Ability toolkit created to

empower people with disabilities everywhere to strategize and create their own solutions.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

4:00pm (EST)

“Disability Rights”

Becky Curran Kekula, Disability Rights Activist

Brandon Farbstein, Gen Z Activist

Thursday, May 21, 2020

10am (EST)

“Undiagnosed Diseases”

The Wilhelm Foundation

Founders: Helene and Mikk

(A Swedish nonprofit supporting individuals and families that are undiagnosed around the globe.)

Guests also include POSITIVE EXPOSURE PEARLS Ambassador Freya and Ann Nordgren, MD, PhD, from the Karolinska Institute Stockholm.

Friday, May 22, 2020

2:00pm (EST)

“Beauty Tips”

Beauty tips with Joseph Boggess (make-up artist), Dawn Gallagher (best-selling author and supermodel) and Xian Horn (beauty activist)

May 6, 2020


Pediatric Grand Rounds at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester and Rochester Regional Hospital.


FRAME Workshop Featuring Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X syndrome

On behalf of the pediatric residents at the University of Rochester, the chief residents have invited Rick Guidotti to Rochester as the Richard Ham Memorial Lecturer of 2020. This lectureship was established in memory of Richard Ham, a former pediatric resident at the University of Rochester (1963-1965). Dr. Ham became ill the year following his residency with Hodgkin’s disease and died in 1967 during his postdoctoral fellowship. He is remembered as a warm, selfless, caring colleague, devoted learner, and inspiring teacher, and this lectureship is evidence of the high esteem in which he was held by his fellow house officers. Each year, the Ham Memorial speaker is chosen by the pediatric chief residents.

Blogs, Bloggers & Positive Exposure!

Janice Hansen, PhD, serves as director of undergraduate programs at University of California, Irvine’s School of Education. She has also served as a lecturer for both the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences and the Master of Arts in Teaching/Credential programs at UCI, as well as an undergraduate course lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.
As a mother of a daughter living with a rare disease, Dr. Janice Hansen — along with her daughter — are ardent advocates for rare disease research, legislation and positive change.
We are delighted to share with you this fun, interactive learning activity, developed by Dr. Janice Hansen, to be used in conjunction with Positive Exposure’s PEARLS Project. Click on the link to learn more:

PE Blogs Bloggers Pearls 04.09.2020

April 16, 2020

Virtual Positive Exposure Presentation and FRAME (Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education)