Big Book and 12&12 in ASL

Alcoholics Anonymous, a.k.a. “The Big Book”, and Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions are now available on the AAWS YouTube channel. Persons shown are paid ASL interpreters, not A.A. members.

Listen to the Big Book and 12&12

For blind alcoholics and anyone else with reading problems, or just to listen to in the car, GSO provides streaming audio books:

For more A.A. Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing alcoholics, see our list.

Deaf Alcoholics’ Personal Stories

Stories by and about Deaf alcoholics the A.A. Grapevine magazine:

  • We Can Do It – Aug 2022 – A deaf member’s story about how to make AA meetings more accessible to all.
  • A Warm Welcome – Oct 2019 – “I am a Deaf alcoholic with over 15 years of sobriety. I decided to write this to help others better understand me and others with disabilities.”
  • From My Hands to My Soul – Oct 2019 -“As a sign language interpreter, I was assigned to accompany a Deaf man who was required to attend 90 AA meetings in 90 days…”
  • Silence Falls – Mar 2015 – “Right around the time I got sober, when I was 38, I lost hearing in my left ear… Then, I began gradually losing the hearing in my right ear, too…”
  • We Belong – May 2014 – In Michigan, a member helps a Deaf newcomer join a group and finds the true meaning of sharing in the process.
  • Signing for Sobriety – Feb 2014 – “I am a member of AA and I am also Deaf. This is my story. I first came into AA when I was 19.”
  • Quiet Love – Oct 2012 – “I was forced into early retirement due to becoming too Deaf to understand the spoken word; too Deaf to respond to instructions; too Deaf to mingle with fellow humans. I turned to alcohol as a way to bide my time in a hearing society.”
  • Meeting of the Minds – Oct 2004 -“Alcoholism seems to be an equal opportunity disease among the Deaf as well as the Hearing community, so we have started a Deaf AA group in Washington, D.C.”

By permission, copyright A.A. Grapevine

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Meeting Guide for Smartphones

A free app provided by A.A. General Service Office to find A.A. meetings near them. Meetings can be easily filtered to show only ASL and/or Online meetings.

Available for iOS and Android – click the icon or title for more information and download links.

Why ASL?

An explanation for hearing persons A common misconception about American Sign Language is that it is a simple translation of English. Native Deaf ASL users find it difficult to process written text because it’s actually a whole different language.   Signed languages have a grammatical and sentence order very different from spoken and written languages and…

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Local & Regional Forums with ASL

Did you know that GSO provides ASL Interpreters for Regional and Local Forums? Regional and Local Forums provide unique opportunities for A.A. members across the U.S. and Canada to connect with people throughout the A.A. service structure. At forums, members can exchange information with representatives of the General Service Board, A.A.W.S., AA Grapevine and GSO….

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Message to Portland & Vancouver A.A. Groups

From Portland Deaf Access Committee Dear AA Groups, If you are approached by a Deaf person who wants to attend your meeting, PDAC is here to help. Please reach out to us through email info@pdacaa.org. We can help to arrange a certified ASL interpreter who is familiar with AA concepts, our language of the heart,…

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PDAC Resources & Tips

Sponsorship – For information about sponsorship or finding a sponsor, please email info@pdacaa.orgCommunication Tips – Deaf & Hard of Hearing Communication TipsKeep paper and pencils easily available at your meeting as a communication aid. Public Information – Provide accessible meeting information to your local AA central office using the appropriate meeting code. Read more about this here Public Information from PDAC. Meeting Codes ASL –…

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AA Meetings and Articles in Print & Video Tapes

Box 4-5-9 News and Notes from the General Service Office of A.A. Subscriptions to Box 459 are free, sign up at https://www.aa.org/box-459. Here’s a list of past issues with articles pertaining to Deaf alcoholics: AA Grapevine  “Our meeting in print”, written, edited, and illustrated by AA members. (current issue is free, archives require a paid subscription)October…

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Accessibility Information from GSO

Links to resources on the General Service Office website (AA.org): A.A. Guidelines on Accessibility for All Alcoholics A.A. Guideline on Sharing the A.A. Message with the Deaf Alcoholic Accessibilities Workbook Pamphlet P-83 Access to A.A.: Members Share on Overcoming Barriers Fall 2006 About A.A. Newsletter Suggested Accessibilities Committee Activities Contact G.S.O.’s Accessibilities Desk AA Literature…

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Access needs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alcoholics

When addressing access needs please ask the Deaf, late-deafened or Hard of Hearing AA member what form of translation works best for them. There is no one right answer to this question. Deaf, late-deafened, and Hard of Hearing individuals are not all educated in the same way.  Some attended Deaf institutes, some were mainstreamed, and…

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How to Find a Certified ASL Interpreter

Ask the Deaf AA members to recommend a certified interpreter.Contact your local AA Access Committee.Find a certified interpreter through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf website.Contact a local Deaf or Hard of Hearing agency and request a referral.Call your local college student disabled services. They may be able to refer you to some certified…

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