ADAPT is excited to collaborate with Positive Exposure, a non-profit organization that promotes an inclusive world through photography, film, educational programs, exhibitions, lectures and workshops.
Positive Exposure and ADAPT will be working on 5 FRAME (Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education) Films that will work towards an improved healthcare workforce with a better understanding of diversity, health disparities and the social determinants of health at the intersection of disability. The new FRAME films will address Aging, Dermatology, Mental Health, Oral Hygiene and Rare Disease.
Della Livingston and Denise Farmer who attend our Day Habilitation Program at Lawrence Avenue had the opportunity to be interviewed by Rick Guidotti, founder and director of Positive Exposure to help shed some light on their experience with healthcare providers and challenges they face.
“I have to fight to be heard in Doctors’ offices my whole life. They like to assume they know before they hear me but only I know,” Della stated. “Sometimes I’m not even bothered to be consulted with, they’ll ask my aid or respond to them with my questions.”
Denise Farmer also recounts her experiences stating, “Sometimes I have something going on and they want to believe its related to my diagnosis or something I already have going on. But I want to be checked and ensured it’s not something new. I want to hear options and solutions as well so I can still do the things I enjoy as I get older.”
Through this collaboration with Positive Exposure we have the opportunity to educate the medical community so they can better support the health and well being of people with disabilities. Vincent Siasoco, Medical Director states, “Rick’s videos involving our individuals highlight the wonderful collaboration between ADAPT and Positive Exposure and how it’s addressing the need to educate and enlighten others.”
Rick Guidotti states, “As the founder and director of Positive Exposure, I have had several opportunities to collaborate with the powerfully experienced, passionate and enthusiastic team at ADAPT on several of our Faces Redefining the Art of Medical Education (FRAME) Film projects. Our FRAME initiative is a web based film library that is changing how medical information is presented to healthcare providers in training, practitioners, families and communities. Each brief film weaves critical medical information with personal and lived experiences, placing humanity at the forefront of medical education and training.”
Please stay tuned as more information about the premier of these films will be released soon!