Committees focus on:
- Projects that support members with a variety of accessibility challenges
- Communications that keep the public and appropriate agencies informed about A.A. accessibility
- Providing resources and guidance to groups so that they can accommodate all A.A. members
Accessibilities Committee Workbook
This workbook is intended as a guide for A.A. members involved in Accessibilities Committee work.
The Accessibilities Kit contains the workbook and a selection of pamphlets, guidelines and order forms associated with Accessibilities Committee work.
Suggested Committee Activities
- Coordinate Accessibilities workshops at the group, district or area level.
- Conduct a survey of meetings that are accessible to people in wheelchairs 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 and add this information to local meeting lists/“Where and Whens.”
- Help arrange for American Sign Language interpreters at A.A. meetings.
- Record a video of professional interpreters signing A.A. meetings, for posting on social media, local A.A. websites, or sharing with members who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing.
- Make A.A. informational presentations at schools for the Blind, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing; vocational rehabilitation agencies; rehabilitation centers for people with brain injuries; and centers for those with intellectual challenges or differences.
- Arrange meetings for A.A. members who do not have regular access to A.A. meetings, e.g. in hospitals; rehabilitation centers for those with injuries or physical differences; residences for those with intellectual or information processing challenges; and those in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
- Take a meeting to homebound A.A. members along with two or more members of the Fellowship.
- Provide Accessibilities workshops and assistance to people with disabilities at conventions, conferences, service weekends, service meetings, special events, etc.
- Gather local information and identify outside local resources regarding accessibility requirements and options.
For more ideas like this, see the Accessibilities Committee Workbook.