Accessibilities Committee

Accessibilities

This committee endeavors to work toward a future where all who want to participate in AA meetings (and other AA services) in Eastern Massachusetts are in fact able to fully participate. Please visit www.area30accessibilities.org.

Accessibilities Committee

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Purpose

Some alcoholics experience barriers to participating in AA due to cultural, geographic, mental, physical, social factors, or other reasons. This committee endeavors to work toward a future where all who want to participate in AA meetings (and other AA services) in Eastern Massachusetts are able to do so, in a welcoming and accepting environment.

Please visit our main website: area30accessibilities.org

Get Involved

Our committee meets monthly you are welcome to join our committee or simply attend meetings as an interested AA member.

Corrections Committee Meeting

The Area 30 Accessibilities Committee meets online on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The monthly meetings move quickly! So to feel prepared, feel free to review the previous meeting minutes and the coming meeting agenda.

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Zoom ID: 884 9072 0798
Passcode: 493038

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JOIN OUR COMMITTEE OR ATTEND A COMMITTEE MEETING

We meet each month on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.

You are welcome to attend the meetings as an interested AA or to become a committee member.

We have online meetings so email us at accessibilities@aaemass.org for meeting log-in information.

AREA 30 ACCESSIBILITIES COMMITTEE AT YOUR EVENT

If you are planning a District event or other AA-related event in Area 30, we would be happy to come and do outreach. Please email us at accessibilities@aaemass.org.

During Quarantine

Most AA Members Are Experiencing Barriers to Typical Meetings

Most Area 30 AA members are experiencing barriers to typical AA meetings. To address this, AA groups in Area 30 and across the world have leaped into action to continue to carry our message of recovery despite these barriers; also, many are posting helpful information so we can all continue to share our experience, strength, and hope with one another.

Our Site as a Clearinghouse of Useful Info

Our Committee considers our website to be a clearinghouse of shared resources and information from across the fellowship to help AA groups in Area 30 to continue to carry the message to the suffering alcoholic despite the barrier of social/physical distancing. Given the speed with which new information is being shared, we may not always have the most up-to-date info; also, we cannot endorse or recommend one resource over another. We simply hope to be helpful and invite feedback on how to be more useful.

Please send helpful information to to share here to: accessibilities@aaemass.org

Please note we are not posting meeting information other than www.aa-intergroup.org

Consideration for Members Unable to Participate Online or By Phone

It’s awesome that so many new virtual and telephone meetings are starting--but what about group members who are unable or unwilling to attend meetings online? There are members who find technology to be a barrier to attending AA and are missing out or--even worse--feeling judged or excluded by others attending the virtual meetings. Homegroups may consider checking in with these members with love and support, possibly scheduling talk times to hold a phone meeting. Members could adopt a non-techie member to keep them updated. Think of ways that you and your group can send a message of unity, recovery, and service to all during this isolating time.

Guidance for Online and Telephone Meetings

Suddenly, there is an amazing treasure trove of helpful information on developing virtual (online) meetings, along with tips for maintaining our tradition of anonymity and ensuring safety for meeting attendees.

Group members who were early responders are sharing their experience with us!

 

 

Tips on developing successful online meetings: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-s3EVFEuF6Z65Jsl4ICW6v0aliGCAcmWmkzAqXooWaI/edit#gid=0

Let Literature Carry the Message

There are a number of options for content to use to carry the message:

 

 

Learning Materials

Let literature carry the message!

Learn how those who experienced barriers to AA or felt different from other AAs have learned that they belong--below are AA pamphlets and other AA literature that demonstrates that the "only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking" (Tradition 3).

AA Pamphlets and Checklists

Reopening Our Meetings

Area 30 Points to Consider on Reopening

Area 30 hosted an Open Forum to discuss points to consider on reopening our meetings. Based on the information shared by AA members at that forum along with input from various others, Area 30 Points to Consider were developed.

These living documents may be found at: https://aaemass.org

How can we Help?

Contact Area 30 Accessibilities Committee with any questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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