NAAFA Introduces Tool Kit for Size Diversity in Higher Education

NAAFA's Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit has been designed to change how we think about body size, to shift the focus from the "war on obesity" to an inclusive atmosphere, embracing students of all sizes.
NAAFA Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit
NAAFA Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit
FOSTER CITY, Calif. - Sept. 13, 2016 - PRLog -- NAAFA is excited and proud to introduce a new resource to fill a void and create a paradigm shift in how we think about the size and accommodation of our nation's students, particularly adults in higher education. The NAAFA Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit shifts the focus from the "war on obesity" to an inclusive focus valuing, embracing and accommodating students of all sizes. Even more importantly, it demonstrates how to design programs and approaches that will improve the total educational experience for all students.

"The concept of the NAAFA Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit was presented to me by Maria Pena, MS, ABD, a contributor and one of the Project Managers for the tool kit. Maria wanted to create a guide for higher education professionals regarding size discrimination and the types of accommodations needed to provide educational equity for Students of Size. She felt it 'absolutely necessary to collaborate with the leading Civil Rights organization for Persons of Size.' NAAFA has tapped into a powerful collaboration in the creation of this tool kit and believe it to be educational, as well as practical, for Higher Education professionals and students alike," stated Darliene Howell, Chair of the Board of NAAFA.

This free downloadable resource includes:

• The value of size diversity in the educational environment

• Why advocacy is important

• Stories of weight prejudice and size discrimination from students of size

• Discussion of campus topography

• Seating nightmares inside the classroom and lab

•  Developing curriculum to educate about fatness

NAAFA's Size Diversity in Higher Education Toolkit contains references and resources to help educators and students advocate for themselves and others.  Enjoy free access to this tool kit on NAAFA's website at:     or the book version on ISSUU at:

Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.

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