MOT Monday Masterclass: A Series Dedicated to You


Empowering Students Living with Disabilities in the Classroom 

October 26, 2020 : 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM                  REGISTER

POSITIVE EXPOSURE: Self Acceptance = Self-Esteem = Self-Advocacy
Join renowned Author, Ted Talk Speaker, Photographer, and Founder of Positive Exposure, Rick Guidotti, for a profound and dynamic discussion on ways to best meet the social and emotional needs of students with disabilities – as well as their families/caregivers. Rick will invite participants to adopt radically new lenses. He will share insights on the social and psychological experiences of people of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages living with genetic, physical, behavioral and cognitive conditions. He will engage us in broadening our perspectives on seeing each individual living with a disability first and foremost as a human being with his/her unique challenges, rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity. The session will provide links to Positive Exposure’s free virtual tools, exhibits, and resources to support self-esteem and self-advocacy in the classroom environment.

This session advances diversity, inclusion, and social justice standards for all educators of all grades.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE is a 501 (c) organization dedicated to promoting a more inclusive world through award-winning photography, films, lectures and educational programs. For more than 20 years, POSITIVE EXPOSURE has collaborated globally with nonprofit organizations, hospitals, medical schools, educational institutions and advocacy groups to promote a more equitable and compassionate world where individuals and communities at risk of stigma and exclusion are understood, embraced and celebrated.

Rick Guidotti, an award winning photographer, worked in NYC, Milan, Paris and London for a variety of high profile clients including Yves St Laurent, Revlon and L’Oreal. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, Atlantic Monthly and LIFE Magazine. Rick founded POSITIVE EXPOSURE after a chance encounter in 1997 with a young lady living with albinism at a bus stop in New York City. In a quest for a better understanding of albinism, Rick sought out medical textbooks, where he was affronted by the dehumanizing images depicting disease, lacking all humanity. It was this experience which forced Rick to turn his lens from the more traditional ideas of beauty, to the beauty and richness of human diversity. Rick has since spent more than twenty years collaborating 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, physical, behavioral or intellectual difference.

Start your week with a dynamic one-hour MOTivational session. Educational thought leaders in equity, inclusion and accessibility share insights, strategies, and tools you can use now in virtual learning.