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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

GTFI2Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 3.49.07 PMGTFI Symposium Flyer

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.

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


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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.

Newsletter Spring 2021

Dear Friends,
We hope this finds you enjoying the beauty of spring!
Since the beginning of the year, POSITIVE EXPOSURE has had a lot of exciting happenings, and we are looking forward to what lies ahead for us in the future — including our virtual 2021 Change How You See Celebration on September 22!
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Dear Friends,
We hope this finds you enjoying the beauty of spring!
Since the beginning of the year, POSITIVE EXPOSURE has had a lot of exciting happenings, and we are looking forward to what lies ahead for us in the future — including our virtual 2021 Change How You See Celebration on September 22!
Without your support, we could not have accomplished all that we have since January. This is YOUR organization, and we look forward to continued AMAZING collaborations with you, because we are BETTER TOGETHER!