To assist the Alcoholics Anonymous groups in Oregon to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the still-suffering alcoholics and current members with access / special needs. The Oregon Area Access Committee provides information from GSO and other Area’s to Groups, Districts, Intergroups, and Service Committees. This is done through workshops, presentations, mailings, etc.
We are looking for AA members with the desire to carry the message to the still suffering alcoholic to be on the Oregon Area Access Committee. You don’t have to have any prior knowledge in the area of access needs nor do you have to be a person with access needs yourself. But if you are an AA member that has Access Needs yourself PLEASE join us. You can teach us how to help you and others with similar access needs.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to have:
- An email notice sent to you when the monthly schedule is posted or updated. All email addresses are in the message BCC: field to protect anonymity;
- A special AA/Al-Anon event or interpreted AA/Al-Anon meeting posted on the schedule;
- A special event posted that will be made accessible upon request, please send the event information and the cut off date for requesting Access Needs.
Chair: Perry R. – email email@example.com
This position is a two- year commitment, rotating in even numbered years. The purpose is to gather information and shared experience from G.S.O., other areas, districts and AA groups on ways to carry the message of AA to the still suffering alcoholic, or current members, with access/special needs and to communicate that information to the groups, districts and service committees through workshops, presentations, mailings/email, etc. There may be some travel between assemblies.
“Both groups and members can become more aware of AA’s who need specific kinds of help. But the most important fact to keep in mind is that all alcoholics–whether deaf, blind, or with other disabilities–want to be a part of the whole. The goal is to enable every alcoholic to be an active participant in the group, without emphasizing differences.”
– From AA Service Piece F-107, Serving All Alcoholics – Making the A.A. Message Accessible, ©AA World Services
Alcoholics with special needs include those who:
- are deaf or hard of hearing;
- live in rural areas/isolated, home or hospital bound;
- do not have transportation or unable to drive themselves due to heath conditions or DUI;
- live in nursing homes/foster care homes;
- use a wheel chair, walker, or cane;
- are blind or have low vision;
- have limited English reading and writing skills;
- are single parents that are unable to find suitable child care to attend meetings;
- are developmentally disabled.