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Topic: Special Needs
A drunk finds joy in helping the hearing-impaired find AA
Well, I took the Special Needs position in my district, which had been open for many years. I figured, How much can there be to do? After reading the job description, at the next district business...
I heard a man “speak” at a speakers meeting online the other day. He’s a quadriplegic living in a retirement home for the disabled, and he communicates with a computer. He is deaf and cannot talk. He...
We often don't plan our last drink. She had hers at a baseball game.
I was born a corporate ladder brat and grew up in transit. I had no stable education until my family moved to Chicagoland in 1971. I was in the middle of fifth grade. I quickly became a straight...
A deaf member's life is changed when his home group steps up to service
In 1979, I was forced into early retirement by the corporation I worked for, and by society, due to becoming too deaf to understand the spoken word; too deaf to respond to instructions; too deaf to...
Are you having trouble getting to meetings? AA to the rescue
Like many other recovering alcoholics, I struggle with a physical disability. I have MS, which has advanced to the degree that I am unable to drive, and I’m reliant upon a walker and a wheelchair to...
I went blind in prison due to a botched surgery back in 1997. I was only 10 months sober. Man, I thought sobriety was hard. Add prison to it! You’re in there, everyone is hurting, and they don’t give...
Special needs pamphlet now in multiple formats
An ASL (American Sign Language) translation of the pamphlet, “A.A. for the Alcoholic With Special Needs,” is now available on DVD (DV-17). A new audio CD is also out in Spanish (SM-93), English (M-93...
A woman with Down syndrome finds that when it comes to alcoholism, she’s just like everyone else
When I was brought into this world, I was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and I spent a lot of my childhood in hospitals. My parents taught me sign language until I developed muscles in my mouth. The...
The Ohio Way. . .
WE HAVE HEARD that penal AA started at San Quentin Prison in California in 1941. In Ohio we did not get under way until 1949, when, after considerable negotiating, the first meeting was held at the...
After being in jail for eight months, all of a sudden I got out on probation. Things started happening quickly and I didn't have time to contact anyone because I wasn't entirely sure whether I would...

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