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Suggested Special Needs/
Accessibilities Committee Activities

  • Extend the hand of A.A. through Special Needs Twelve Step service to A.A. groups, districts, area assemblies, etc.
  • Create a list of the committee’s Special Needs Twelve Step service priorities – pick one or two project ideas and focus on those goals
  • Coordinate Special Needs workshops at the group, district or area level
  • Hold regular Special Needs Committee meetings and prepare minutes of these meetings
  • Submit a request for a Special Needs committee budget from a group, district or area to support these Twelve Step service priorities
  • Conduct a survey of wheelchair accessible meetings and add this information to local meeting lists/“Where and Whens” (wheelchair accessibility includes both the entrance to the meeting and access to bathroom facilities)
  • Conduct a survey of local, district or area meetings with American Sign Language (A.S.L.) interpretation
  • Help arrange for American Sign Language interpreters at A.A. meetings
  • Make A.A./Special Needs informational presentations at schools for the blind, the deaf and hard of hearing, rehabilitation centers for people with brain damage and centers and schools for the developmentally disabled
  • Work closely with Public Information (P.I.), Cooperation with the Professional Community (C.P.C.) and Cooperation with the Elder Community (C.E.C.) to inform the public and appropriate agencies that A.A. is accessible to alcoholics with special needs
  • Arrange meetings for A.A. members who do not have access to regular A.A. meetings e.g. in hospitals; rehabilitation centers for the physically disabled or challenged; residences for the developmentally disabled
  • Compile and maintain a list of sighted members who are willing to provide transportation to and from meetings and other A.A. functions for blind A.A. members
  • Have members of your committee or other volunteers read an A.A. book on tape for a blind member or for an A.A. member who may no longer be able to hold a book
  • Take a meeting to homebound A.A. members along with two or more members of the Fellowship
  • Provide Special Needs workshops and assistance to physically disabled at conventions, conferences, service weekends, service meetings, special events etc.