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Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Alcoholics Anonymous

Extending the Hand of A.A.
Alcoholics who are Deaf can access A.A.’s program of recovery in an updated American Sign Language translation of Alcoholics Anonymous

With over 35 million printed copies sold, the book Alcoholics Anonymous is now available in an updated abridged translation into American Sign Language. Commonly referred to as “The Big Book” this basic text of the worldwide Fellowship that bears its name is now available on DVD to the Deaf community, the Hard-of-Hearing community and the hearing community as well.
DVD features:

  • Professional ASL signers and DVD video production
  • Updated translation inspired and reviewed by A.A. members who are Deaf
  • Audio track and subtitles for use among ASL and non-ASL users
  • The basic principles and practices of the Fellowship that have provided a pathway to recovery for alcoholics for over 80 years
  • Can be ordered at www.aa.org or may be available through a local A.A. office near you

A.A. has always been committed to making its program of recovery available to anyone, anywhere who reaches out for help with a drinking problem. This translation has been updated with current language and signing most familiar in today’s Deaf community.

Founded in 1935 on the principle of one alcoholic helping another to achieve sobriety, A.A. is an effective and enduring program of recovery that has changed countless lives. As explained in the book, A.A.’s recovery program of twelve suggested Steps was formulated through the experience of its first 100 members and has reached millions of sufferers around the world.

For more information about A.A. resources for alcoholics who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, please contact the Accessibilities and Remote Communities Coordinator at the General Service Office at Access@aa.org or by phone at 212-870-3344.

*If you’re in the UK and need assistance with substance abuse, check out Abbeycare Foundation Drug Rehab.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Our Great Responsibility

The first original title released by Alcoholics Anonymous in over thirty years, the book Our Great Responsibility: A Selection of Bill W.’s General Service Conference Talks, 1951–1970 is now available in English, French and Spanish.

The book features:

• 16 talks — derived from archival audio recordings — offering fresh perspectives on A.A. in the co-founder’s own words.

• Over 60 archival photos and other images.

• Previously unpublished material from the A.A. General Service Office Archives.

Founded in 1935 on the principle of one alcoholic helping another to achieve sobriety, A.A. has proven to be an effective and enduring program of recovery that has changed countless lives. As explained in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, from which the Fellowship took its name, A.A.’s recovery program of twelve suggested Steps was formulated through the experience of its first 100 members.

With Bill W. as its primary architect, A.A. developed a loosely organized service structure that eventually succeeded the direction and guidance of its founders to provide enduring leadership for the Fellowship as a whole. Launched in 1951 and meeting annually ever since, A.A.’s General Service Conference has been the primary mechanism for an increasingly diverse membership to deliberate and determine its “group conscience” on a wide range of matters affecting A.A. as a whole.

Bill W. addressed the Conference on an annual basis over the course of two decades, prior to his death in 1971, and Our Great Responsibility gathers together many of these talks, capturing Bill’s innovative thinking on myriad A.A. themes. For more information about the book, click here.

What Is A.A.?

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of people who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.