About DLP

The Deaf Learning Program (the DLP) is an organization designed to support the success of Alabama's deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. The heart of the DLP is the summer learning program.


The DLP has three main areas of focus: life skills, literacy, and family connections.


  • Life Skills

    Students entering 6th - 9th grade will additionally  focus on developing skills in self-advocacy, interpersonal skills, and work readiness. Their involvement with situational based learning, mock-work scenarios, and real life community applications will help them on their journey to answer - "Who am I?", "What do I want?", and "How do I get there?". Students will use online tools to develop their goals for the future and to develop strategies on how to achieve them.

  • Literacy

    The DLP is a language rich environment where students and staff will communicate with American Sign Language and English. This rich access to language will support all of our students in their literacy development. 

    Students entering kindergarten through 5th grade will further develop their literacy skills through daily story time, engaging activities that provide vocabulary exposure in both ASL and English, and through creating performances and skits in ASL. Older students will divide into small groups for dialogue journaling and writing practice. Younger students will enjoy learning through role-play activities and basic vocabulary development.

  • Family Connections

    During the weekend of September 29th - October 1st, 2017, the DLP will be hosting its first family camp for families with deaf and hard of hearing members. This event is called Inspire Family Camp, and we invite the whole family to share a weekend together of interaction, rest, education, growth, and signing at wonderful, wonderful Camp McDowell. 

    Click here for more information about INSPIRE.