MDE-LIO has canceled all in-person events until further notice, in accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Online workshops and webinars will still be held as scheduled. For more information about changes to our services, read the MDE-LIO COVID-19 Update.

Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO)

MDE-LIO provides consultation, training, and resources to families and educational teams serving students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

MDE-LIO's vision is to ensure equal access to a quality education for all students who are BVI and/or DHH.

Our services include:

  • Workshops and events for families and educators
  • Braille, large print, and digital books for students
  • American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Federal Quota products and textbooks
  • Professional development materials and guides for educators
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This workshop will also be offered on February 17: Introduction to the BrailleNote Touch Plus: February 17 The BrailleNote Touch Plus is an intuitive, efficient, and modern device that braille-reading students can use to complete classroom...

February 16, 2021
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Learn from, and network with, your colleagues on the north side of Michigan who serve students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)! This half-day event will include a specially-recorded presentation by Dr. Tina Childress, an educational...

March 1, 2021
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Michigan families with school-age children who are Blind or Visually Impaired are encouraged to join the Family Nature Club: Bird Bash in March. Families will be mailed a variety of activities the week of March 8 to be completed at home. After...

March 20, 2021


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Upcoming Eligibility Guidelines for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

In 2018, the Michigan Office of Innovative Projects released four guidance documents to help school teams determine eligibility for children, birth to age three, for special education services within Michigan Mandatory Special Education (MMSE). Th... read more

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Behind the Scenes: Creating a Virtual Camp T Event

From Camp T Director Jill Teegardin

Family Nature Club events usually provide an opportunity for participants to experience Camp T with their families while enjoying the outdoors, practicing independent living skills (ILS), and mak... read more

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Book Production Q&A With Robert Beaton

Producing braille books safely during a pandemic is not an easy task. Below, MDE-LIO Braille Production Coordinator Robert Beaton talks about how the Instructional Materials Center (IMC) quickly transitioned to a safer process for staff while neve... read more


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