Helpline 412-391-5247, 888-251-2426; TTY/Hearing Impaired 412-281-1375
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Additional Needs

Most of us can find a meeting on a meeting schedule, get to it, enter and sit down, and hear the spoken message of recovery without a second thought. However, there are some for whom this is not possible. They need additional help in order to do what most of us take for granted. In other words, they are addicts who, for a number of reasons, have additional needs.

”Additional Needs Resource Information”, NA World Services, Inc., 2002

What does the term “additional needs” really mean?

Additional needs arise from physical challenges such as blindness, hearing impairment or mobility limitations by the use of a wheelchair. Additional Needs is not limited to these three categories. Addicts with additional needs may have difficulty with the following:

  • Hearing the spoken message of recovery
  • Reading the written message of recovery
  • Transportation to meetings
  • Accessing meeting spaces or event locations

The mission of our committee is to help addicts with overcoming these types of difficulties and receive the message of Narcotics Anonymous. The Website Subcommittee likewise strives to make this website ADA-compliant.

We meet the first Saturday of each month at 12 noon at the TSRSO 322 East 8th Avenue, Homestead, PA 15120

For more info please email: additionalneeds@tsrscna.org

The therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel. As with all addicts, when we help an addict with additional needs we help carry the message of NA recovery.

-from IP#26, “Accessibility for Those with Additional Needs”

Machine Readable .pdf

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat both have a read aloud feature. This feature will allow PDFs that are ADA accesible to be read out loud for patrons.

NOTE: The absolute best way to make use of Adobe's accessibility features is to use Adobe in conjunction with your assistive technology screen reader software.

The instructions below are intended for machines that do not have assistive technology installed on them.

In Windows OS to turn the read aloud feature on:

  1. open the PDF
  2. go to the View option at the top of the screen and select Read Out Loud and then scroll down to the last option listed called, Activate Read Out Loud
  3. click on the screen to begin reading

To pause, select a specific section, or, read to the end of the document, select view, the read out loud option, and then the appropriate option (pause, etc.)

In Mac OS to turn the read aloud feature on:

  1. open the PDF
  2. go to the Edit option at the top of the screen and select Speech and then select the option, Start Speaking
  3. reader will start automatically

To stop, select Edit at the top of the screen, then select Speech, and last select the option, Stop Speaking

If any .pdf's downloadable on this site are found not to be machine-readable, please inform us using the form on the Contact Us page of this website.