While there are no special A.A. members, some members need special help to receive the A.A. message. In A.A., we define A.A.s with special needs as persons who are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; chronically ill or homebound, those who are developmentally disabled, and many others who may have less visible challenges. (from A.A. Guidelines)
We gather information, provide assistance, and fund the area’s accessibility needs, within the established funding guidelines.
This committee handles all accessibility needs and issues for Area 72. Along with funding to attend area quarterlies and the assembly, this position has additional funds to provide interpretation for Area events. Guidelines for these events to be established by the 2005 – 2006 Area Accessibilities Chair per motion 04.3:
- That the committee be chaired by an accessibility chair.
- That the committee receives initial annual funding in the amount of $7,500.00, to be reviewed annually by the area treasurer.
- That the committee gather information and provide assistance in accessibility issues within the guidelines that the committee shall establish and budget allows.
- Find detailed interpreter funding guidelines
The accessibility committee is to identify needs with the host committees for area business meetings, assemblies, pre-conferences, delegates reports, and pre-assemblies. Contact host committees to assure accessibility. Registration forms should include a section asking about attendees accessibility needs.
It is the host committee’s responsibility to insure the facility is wheelchair accessible for the area quarterlies, area pre-assemblies, and area assembly including ramps, parking, seating with adequate room to move, and wheelchair accessible restrooms. The accessibility committee will try to help financially to make a facility accessible if a ramp is needed, etc.
- Communicate the mission statement with the fellowship to educate members on the cost of access needs at the area level.
- Translate the area newsletter into Spanish 4 times per year; the issues will include quarterly business meeting minutes, motions, etc.
- Points of contact:
- Area newsletter
- Area website
- Area events
- Accessibility flier
- Intergroup, central service office
- Area committee
- Communicate the costs, budget and budget issues, and fluctuating costs of services.
- Inform districts of the need for an accessibilities chair from each district
- Act as bridge from the area committee to central service offices, intergroups, and districts.
- Gather information from the fellowship regarding other accessibility needs.
- Research the most cost efficient and effective methods of providing accessibility services.
Frequently Asked Questions, A.S.L. Access to Alcoholics Anonymous for the Deaf Alcoholic (historical document)
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