From the September 2010 magazine.

How others can help

The author of "Speak up!" also sent some suggestions for how AAs can assist other alcoholics with hearing loss. More information about special needs resources is on pages 22 and 25.

MEMBERS can arrange meeting room chairs in a circle, not in straight lines. The more faces I can see, the better I can hear the speakers. The better the lighting is in the room, the better I can see lips to read them. You can tap me lightly on the shoulder before you start to talk to me. In a group setting, you can occasionally tell me who is talking, or what the topic of conversation is. You can signal me if I start to speak while someone else is talking. You can turn off the fans to eliminate background noise.

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