The Special Hope Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Change How You See, See How You Change, which tells the story of our friend and grantee Rick Guidotti and his organization POSITIVE EXPOSURES.

Rick-photo1-200x300Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer,  has spent 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.

Change How You See, See How You Change

This illustrious and uplifting book explores the near twenty-year journey of POSITIVE EXPOSURE’s founder and award-winning photographer, Rick Guidotti  and his quest to discover the beauty in genetic diversity. Featuring over 50 genetic syndromes through portraiture and personal narratives of those photographed from POSITIVE Exposure’s ever-evolving collection, Change How You See, See How You Change invites readers to see beyond diagnosis to the humanity that we all share. 

All proceeds from book sales directly support Positive Exposure Programming, including FRAME, a web-based educational library and resource that changes how medical information is presented to health care professionals in training, clinicians, families and communities. This is a program that the Special Hope Foundation supports enthusiastically.

FRAME utilizes brief educational films hosted on the Positive Exposure and partner websites. What started as a pilot in collaboration with students in the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics Sarah Lawrence College with five genetic conditions – and formerly entitled The New Face of Genetics – FRAME is growing into an important compendium of genetic conditions that will change the way students in health care field see and experience individuals living with genetic differences.

More about Positive Exposures

Positive Exposure utilizes photography, film and narrative to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical, intellectual and behavioral differences.  Their educational and advocacy programs reach around the globe to promote a more inclusive, compassionate world where differences are celebrated.

The statistics to support Positive Exposure’s work are staggering. With one out of five children  in the United States born with a disability, the need for society to understand and respect children and adults living with genetic, physical, intellectual and behavioral differences is critical.

Learn how to get a copy of the book here.