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Assessibility and AA

Accessibilities Committees assist A.A. members who have a variety of challenges in accessing the A.A. message in A.A. meetings, Twelve Step work and other A.A. service. The pamphlet Serving All Alcoholics provides an overview of opportunities to serve on this committee.


Respect for the dignity of others is the foundation for all our efforts to carry the message to all alcoholics; however, some members need special help or assistance to receive the A.A. message. This may include (but are not limited to) those that are blind or visually impaired; deaf or hard of hearing; chronically ill or homebound; those who are physically or mentally disabled; and less visible challenges such as geographic and cultural barriers. We want to remove any obstacles to participation and make meetings accessible to ensure that A.A. remains as inclusive as possible.

Below is a sample of some of the many resources A.A. provides to address accessibility needs.


  • Big Book Formats:

    • To read a PDF version of the Fourth Edition of Alcoholics Anonymous, click here.

    • To listen to an audio version, click here.

    • Print version from the Online Store.

    • ASL Big Book DVD from GSO:

    • eBooks available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple.

  • Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions formats:

    • To read a PDF version of the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions click here.

    • To listen to an audio version, click here.

    • Print version from the Online Store.

    • ASL 12 and 12 DVD from GSO:

    • eBook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple.

  • Online Meeting Information:

    • Getting Started in Online AA 

    • An Introduction to Online AA 

    • Online Meetings Directory

  • Services and material available for the deaf and hearing impaired include: a DVD of Alcoholics Anonymous, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions and the pamphlet “A.A. for the Alcoholic with Special Needs” in ASL.

  • Rewritten for reading and signing purposes: “Translation of the Twelve Steps” and “Translation of the Twelve Traditions”

  • Easy to read literature: such as “Is A.A. For Me?” “Twelve Steps Illustrated” and “Too Young?”

  • Grapevine issues are recorded every month and available online at To order A.A. Grapevine material including recordings and large print editions, contact A.A. Grapevine customer service at 800-631-6025 or email:

  • Loners/ Internationalist Meeting (LIM) Correspondence Service for A.A. members who are in isolated areas, at sea, deaf or home- or hospital-bound (known as Homers) and stay in touch with other members by mail and newsletters.

  • To obtain a list of resources which provide A.A. Conference-approved literature in Braille, American Sign Language (ASL) and on audio or for further information you can write to: General Service Office Attn: Accessibilities P.O. Box 459 Grand Central Station New York, NY 10163, (212) 870-3400 or email:

For a accessibility checklist, please click the link below!

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