Yes, by telling others in your home group or District about DAC, sharing the information we provide, be part of the group conscience of our DAC committee, and letting people who sign or interpret in ASL that we can use their skills if they would like to help. If an interpreter shows up at the meeting you attend, it’s important they are seating in a place that has good lighting and that the Deaf
person has a clear view of the interpreter. The interpreter also needs to be able to hear well to translate. Sitting in the corner of the back of the room doesn’t work well.
We also need people available to sponsor Deaf AA members. Signing is not required for any of this, just willingness. There is ample technology available to help people get past language barriers, such as:
TTY (also known as a TDD – Telecommunication Device for the Deaf):
Equipped with a keyboard and small visual display, this device enables users to type their messages and send them over the phone lines.
Relay Service: If the person on one end of a phone call uses a TTY and the person on the other end uses a regular (speaking) telephone, the services of a relay operator are needed. All telephone companies now provide this service free of charge.
Internet & Video Relay is a free service for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to place and receive text-based relay calls using a computer or mobile device. It enables Deaf or hard of hearing persons who sign to communicate with hearing
persons through video conference equipment like web cameras or video phones features.
Different people use different devices, so it is an individual preference as to which way is most comfortable for the Deaf newcomer.. Face to face interaction is a must, though, to feel part of the fellowship. In that case, use of a computer or handwritten notes will sometimes suffice.There are plenty of opportunities for individuals who would like to pick up basic sign language if they wish, through the local universities or on-line. Again, willingness, is the key!!