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: To meet the Special Needs of the disabled fellowship of A.A.
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