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: 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

I am responsible…
When anyone, anywhere,
reaches out for help, I want
the hand of A.A. always to be there.
And for that: I AM RESPONSIBLE.*

*Reprinted from: The A.A. Service Manual 2006-2007, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.