Meeting Accessibility For Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing AA Members

Alcoholics who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing need to fully participate in A.A.meetings iin the same way that hearing members do. American Sign Language (ASL) is not merely English shorthand; it is a completely separate language.

CURRENT OPTIONS

  1. Virtual Meeting with captioning.
  2. Virtual meeting with an ASL Interpreter.
  3. In-Person Meeting with an ASL interpreter.
  4. In-Person Meeting for Deaf and Hard of Hearing only.

The Area 06 Accessibilities Committee is asking each Intergroup to determine, in consultation with its District and YPAA, which Option they are willing to implement.

The first question that will arise is money. How do we pay the interpreter in Options 2 and 3?  What will be the source(s)  of the money used to pay an interpreter?  How much does an interpreter get paid?

The second question that will arise is how do we contact the deaf and hard off hearing alcoholic to let them know that AA is available to them.

These are the challenges that we are asking your Intergroup to take on, so that our deaf and hard of hearing siblings in your county don’t continue to be left out or left behind to suffer the ravages of alcoholism.

To get you started, here are some readings and references.

https://www.aa.org/sites/default/files/literature/assets/mg-13_carryingtheaa.pdf

https://www.hearinglikeme.com/need-for-deaf-friendly-alcoholics-anonymous-meetings/amp/

https://www.area8aa.org/sdiaa/committees/accessibilities-committee/

http://sign4life.net/

www.beyondthewordsinc.com

Thank you for your time and attention to this vital service. We hope to hear back from you that this is a mission your Intergroup will undertake.

If you have questions or comments, please reach out to me, Claudia G., at 615-310-3090. I am happy to speak with any of you any time…before 10 pm!!

Valley Intergroup

10/3/2022