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 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”

WANA is having a Graphics Contest for our website home page. We’re asking all skilled graphics designers in recovery to enter. We’re looking for 6 graphics for our homepage. These graphics will be used on the homepage where the graphics says, “Graphic Design Placeholder: Create a winning design”.

Here are the details:
These graphics will be used for our subcommittee pages. Our subcommittees are Activities, Additional Needs, Convention, H and I, Outreach and Public Information. Each graphic should represent the individual subcommittee. For example, the Activities graphic should have a fellowship and unity type theme to it. The size of each graphic should be 201 pixels wide and 124 pixels wide and have rounded corners. The color scheme should fall in line with the website itself. The winning design will be placed on our homepage and subcommittee pages for everyone to see for years to come. All submissions should be sent in .jpg, .png, or .gif form. Please send your submissions to as an attachment. The deadline for submissions will be March 31, 2014. May the best graphics designer win!!!

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