Portland Deaf Access Committee (PDAC) merged with Vancouver Deaf Access Committee (VDAC) in July 2020. Together we serve the entire Portland/Vancouver Metro Area under the name of PDAC. If you are outside this area and in need of support, please contact us.
PDAC Brochure for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (PDF)
WHO WE ARE
The Portland Deaf Access Committee (PDAC) was established in 2001 as a group of AA members who work together to help make AA in the Portland Metro Area accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing alcoholics. We follow the 12 Traditions of AA and are not affiliated with any other organization. Our primary purpose is to support AA groups and members in carrying the message to Deaf and Hard of Hearing alcoholics. Our work is in keeping with the guidelines from the General Service Office (GSO).
WHAT WE DO
We help AA groups carry the message to the Deaf alcoholic who still suffers. We do this by hiring professional sign language interpreters for your meeting and paying those interpreters for their service. We make sure that the interpreters who work for you are skilled, familiar with AA, and committed to anonymity.
We maintain a list of Deaf members available to speak at or chair your meeting. When you request a Deaf speaker we can also send an interpreter for your meeting.
We maintain a list of people willing to be sponsors to Deaf alcoholics.
We keep an up-to-date calendar of interpreted meetings and keep the sober Deaf community informed of changes. The calendar can be found at http://pdacaa.org/meetings.htm . We work in cooperation with all AA Access Committees and groups in Oregon/Vancouver to provide up-to-date ASL accessible AA meeting information.
From time to time we also host special events like Deaf speaker meetings and workshops for hearing people who want to learn sign language.
HOW WE DO IT
We are the liaison between Deaf AA members and AA groups. PDAC pays for interpreters by accepting donations from AA groups, districts and individual AA members. In keeping with the traditions we have no other affiliation and accept no outside contributions.
Our service positions include a chairperson, alternate chairperson, secretary, treasurer, interpreter coordinator, interpreter recruitment and development coordinator, and liaisons to each regularly interpreted meeting. We observe rotation of service and hold monthly business meetings that are open to all. We also provide regular treasurer’s reports and cooperate with AA as a whole through regular attendance at Portland Intergroup and on-going communication at the District and Area levels.
HOW GROUPS, DISTRICTS, AND AA MEMBERS CAN HELP US
We rely on donations to pay for interpreting services. We can accept either cash or checks made payable to Portland Deaf Access Committee.
Send donations to Portland Deaf Access Committee, PO Box 68173, Portland, OR 97268. We appreciate donations large or small.
We are working towards having 90 meetings in 90 days accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing alcoholics. We currently provide 6 – 10 meetings per month.
Come to our monthly business meeting on the second Sunday of the month at 6:30 pm on Zoom at
Portland Deaf Access Committee, PO Box 68173, Portland, OR 97268
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