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ASL Instruction

In lieu of ASL (American Sign Language) classes, Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf is currently participating in the Deaf  Literacy Center (DLC).  DLC is a countywide library-based literacy program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.  This program is a service of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative and serves all of Pinellas County by providing coordinated administrative services for member libraries.  DLC provides a mentoring program to families with parents and/or children who are deaf/hard of hearing.  Families participating in DLC receive ASL instruction, instruction on how to read a children’s book in conceptually accurate ASL, language and literacy instruction for children, tutoring for parents, tutoring for students, information about community resources and parent-child together activities.

DLC also offers an after school ASL and homework tutoring services to Blossom’s School Age students (grades K-6th) onsite at our school, one day per week week, August-May.  At the beginning of each school year, DLC will provide a flyer to Blossom families offer tutoring services.  If you are interested, please contact DLC directly to sign up your child for tutoring services with a DLC tutor.

One of the best online websites we have found for you to “brush up” on your signing skills is a website designed by Bill Vicars, Ed.D. called

For more information about community ASL classes or family ASL tutoring offered through the Deaf Literacy Center, please visit the Deaf Literacy Center’s (DLC) website

For more information about private ASL & homework tutoring offered to Blossom students onsite through Deaf Literacy Center (DLC) tutors, please contact Blossom’s Associate Director, Colette Derks via e-mail at or call (V) 727-539-7879 / (VP) 727-223-6238.