NAAFA Confirms Presenters for 50th Anniversary Conference
NAAFA expands our workshop line-up to include presentations on size discrimination in healthcare and in higher education, modified exercises for fat bodies, changing the anti-discrimination laws and love and relationships in our fatmesic world!
The latest presenters added to the NAAFA conference schedule include:
Erin Harrop - Experiences of Weight Stigma in Medical Care for Higher-Weight Women - This one-hour workshop examines higher-weight women's experiences of weight stigma in medical care. Using a narrative-focused approach and integrating artwork and audio clips from participants, this presentation will discuss women's experiences with weight stigma. The workshop will end with practical recommendations for healthcare professionals to achieve more equitable, ethical care for folks of all sizes, from the perspective of patients.
Courtney Marshall - Weight Neutral Fitness: Affirming Fat Bodies in the Gym – This workshop is an introduction to weight neutral fitness and a chance for participants to experience a fat-affirming workout space. I'll begin by briefly discussing my experiences in the gym as a fat person and how those negative experiences inspired me to become a fat trainer and instructor and to be vocal about these issues online. I'll show some props and talk about how exercises can be modified for fat bodies' needs. We'll end with a short Zumba class (10 minutes) that can be performed seated
Maria Pena, MS, ABD and Pattie Thomas, PhD - Size Diversity in Higher Education - In the fall of 2016 NAAFA introduced our NAAFA Size Diversity in Higher Education Tool Kit. This toolkit is to act as a guide for higher education professionals regarding size discrimination and the types of accommodations needed to provide educational equity for Students of Size. Two of the authors of this toolkit will be with us to discuss their inspiration for this important document and their experiences as current college professors.
Dan Oliverio - Love & Relationships in a Big Fat World - In this interactive seminar, we'll take a broader look at the world of dating and relationships between fat people and their admirers in a safe, non-judgmental space, asking questions and examining beliefs. Discover a whole new way to think about sexuality, relationships, being fat, and how these aspects play together. We'll also examine the beliefs that limit our availability to dating and partnership, taking on topics like these:
· Adoration vs. Objectification
· Knowing your type vs. being trapped by a label
· Love, sex, or fetish?
Darliene Howell - Changing Anti-Discrimination Laws in Your Area - NAAFA's Board Chair, will be presenting on strategies for changing the anti-discrimination laws in various jurisdictions. Do you start locally with your city/county or attempt a statewide effort to add weight and height to the present anti-discrimination law? Should it be added to bills that include other changes to the law? We will discuss strategies that have been used by areas that have introduced legislation, changes to law enacted and steps you can take to get the process started.
Our EARLY BIRD SPECIAL price starts as low as $229.00 and is available through April 1, 2019. Visit www.naafa.org today to learn more about NAAFA's 50th Anniversary Conference. Conference and hotel registration may be completed right through the NAAFA website.
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.