CDE: [Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series] POSITIVE EXPOSURE: Seeing Beyond the Diagnosis

Jan, 2021
05:30 PM-07:00 PM

Virtually presented via Zoom Webinar

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST; This virtual lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE; Registration is still required.
CE Credits: 1.5 lecture credits
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Beginning with the world of fashion photography, the lecture highlights cultural perceptions of beauty in modern society while concurrently exploring cultural perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences.

This global journey considers the importance of self-acceptance, self-esteem and self-advocacy as necessary tools to empower individuals and their families at risk of stigma, discrimination and exclusion. Images of several medical conditions will be presented as a stark contrast to existing imagery in medical education, while also emphasizing the importance of showcasing humanity and dignity through photography, film and narrative.

Positive Exposure will also provide samples of 2 programs, including FRAME (Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education; FRAME is a web-based educational library and resource that changes how medical information is presented to health care professionals in training, clinicians, families and communities.

Each brief film creates a more robust understanding of featured conditions, while modeling an attitude of respect for the humanity of patients. While providing important key information, each film captures humanity and beauty of all participants.


Participants will have a better understanding of the importance of photography, film, narrative and personal stories to facilitate more successful interactions with patients and families.

Through the FRAME program, participants will have an opportunity to meet individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities outside of the clinical environment.


Rick Guidotti, an award-winning fashion photographer, has spent the past fourteen years working internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to effect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic difference. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ , People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine.

Rick is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals living with genetic difference. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights. Positive Exposure photographic exhibition premiered at the People’s Genome Celebration, June 2001, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in DC. and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally.


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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.