Deaf Family Literacy Academy of Pinellas
The Deaf Family Literacy Academy (DFLA), directed by The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, is a Volunteer USA Program that serves families with Deaf members with children from birth to age 12 and their families in need of assistance with language, literacy and communication in American Sign Language/English, at no charge.
The program, through PPLC's Deaf Literacy Center, includes:
- Home visits by a mentor
- Language and reading instruction for your child
- American Sign Language (ASL) or Basic English instruction (for Deaf parents)
- Parent support groups
- Parent and Child Together activities
- Signing Stories @ Your Library once per month
Raising the education level of parents helps them gain motivation, skills and knowledge needed to become employed or pursue further education or training. Note: In most family literacy programs, Adult Education focuses on improving the parents' English skills. In our program, Adult Education focuses on improving the parent's American Sign Language skills.
Focus rests on training parents to be their child's primary teacher and full partner in their education. Parents acquire knowledge and skills that empower them to be actively involved in their child's learning.
Increasing the language and literacy skills of children that better prepares them for academic and social success in school.
Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time
Providing the role models and structured situations for positive Parent and Child Together time empowers parents in their role as the primary teacher of their own children. This also strengthens the learning relationship between parent and child and helps parents feel more comfortable in school settings.
Special Events: Signing Stories at Your Library
Bring the whole family to an ASL (American Sign Language) story time led by Deaf Family Literacy Academy mentors. Enjoy a book signing and literacy activities, plus meet other families interested in deaf literacy.