What is Al-Anon?

What is Al-Anon?

Translated into ASL by David Bar-Tzur

Created 21 September 2008, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).

A-L-A-N-O-N FAMILY GROUPS FELLOWSHIP RELATIVES FRIENDS TO ALCOHOLIC SHARE THEIR-rt EXPERIENCE, STRENGTH, HOPE EACH-OTHER. WHY? SOLVE SAME'circle' PROBLEM. WE BELIEVE ALCOHOLISM DISEASE INVOLVE FAMILY AND ATTITUDE CHANGE HELP PEOPLE RECOVER.

A-L-A-N-O-N NOT CONNECTED RELIGION GROUP, POLITICS, SYSTEM. DON'T-WANT INVOLVED CONTROVERSY. NOT SUPPORT, NOT AGAINST ANY OUTSIDE GOALS. HAVE-NONE D-U-E-S FOR A-L-A-N-O-N MEMBER. WE SUPPORT SELF HOW? alt.CONTRIBUTE.

A-L-A-N-O-N ONLY-ONE PURPOSE: HELP FAMILY HAVE ALCOHOLIC. HOW? FOLLOW TWELVE STEPS, WELCOME AND COMFORT FAMILY HAVE ALCOHOLIC, OFFER UNDERSTANDING AND ENCOURAGE ALCOHOLIC.


Notes: FELLOWSHIP - (2h)[5], circle around each other, NDH FO up.

RELATIVES - R-FRIEND.

FRIENDS - (2h)[X] interlinked circles horizontally.

ALCOHOLIC - ALCOHOL AGENT.

ALCOHOLISM - ALCOHOL SICK.

RECOVER - (2h)[5:] touch FTs to shoulders, then close to (2h)[S] while moving away.

CONTROVERSY - (2h)[1], POs > signer, FOs ><, hands alt. rise and fall, hinging on the elbows.

HAVE-NONE - (2h)[B], POs > signer move upwards past mouth and swing upwards and apart while mouth blows on hands as they pass.

CONTRIBUTE - [F] touches waist as if getting a coin out of one's pocket, then moves forward in an upward arc and lets go of the "coin".

PURPOSE - THINK MEAN. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Purpose.

STEPS - PROCESS.

COMFORT - Like COMFORTABLE but signed more slowly.

UNDERSTANDING - alt.UNDERSTAND.

Lyrics:

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

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