Accessibility/Special Needs Committee

Special Needs-Accessibilities committees assist A.A. members who have a variety of challenges to accessing the A.A. message in A.A. meetings, Twelve Step work and other A.A. service.

How We Serve

This committee serves to meet the special needs of the disabled portion of the Alcoholics Anonymous fellowship.

MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMITTEE:

  • Committee members from each group.
  • District-committee chairperson.
  • Area Committee chairperson.

HANDLING OF A SPECIAL NEED:

When a need arises that an individual member can’t handle: Individual A.A. member contacts Central Services or a committee member.

For example, to provide an interpreter for a meeting or workshop or to provide tapes or other special resources or assistance to a member

District or Area committee members contact and assist the disabled member or newcomer.

WHO DO WE SERVE:

  • PHYSICALLY DISABLED.
  • DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED.
  • BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED.
  • LEARNING OR READING IMPAIRED.
  • SENIORS AND HOMEBOUND.
  • LANGUAGE BARRIER.
  • SINGLE PARENTS REQUIRING CHILDCARE.

HOW DO WE SERVE:

  • Provide interpreters for meetings and events.
  • Provide Braille A.A. literature and programs for special needs.
  • Assist the physically disabled at events; provide rides in special cases.
  • Encourage wheel-chair accessible meetings and events.
  • Encourage Big Book tape study meetings in each district.
  • Encourage groups to provide childcare.
  • Update special-needs information in meeting directories.
  • Bring meetings into the home, hospital or long-term care facilities.
  • Encourage districts and groups to support regular meetings in special needs facilities.
  • Provide literature and hold workshops on special needs.
  • Explore other special needs; work with GSO and other districts and areas.

For more information please contact The Special Needs Committee Chair