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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A girl hugs a cow. The logo says the udder store Mooville.

Nashville, MI

Join MDE-LIO and Michigan Hands & Voices for an early evening drop-in gathering at MOO-ville Creamery in Nashville, Michigan! Enjoy time connecting with other families and experiencing the free petting zoo with more than 40 different animals....

August 1, 2024
Two campers in a canoe and two campers in a paddle boat on Flanagan Lake at Camp T.

Greenville, MI

Former campers who are Blind or Visually Impaired, along with previous Camp T staff members, are invited to come back to the woods of Camp T for this one-day picnic event! Revisit memories and see old friends while making new ones as we celebrate 50...

August 17, 2024
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Greenville, MI

Campers will have an opportunity to explore their creative talents among friends at this camp designed for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI). Whether they enjoy playing an instrument, singing, acting, creative writing, hands-on...

July 17, 2024 to July 20, 2024


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Updated Severity Rating Scale Document Available

The new Vision Services Severity Rating Scale 2.0 (VSSRS 2.0) is now available! This document is a tool designed to assist teachers and teacher consultants in making service time suggestions for students who are Blind/Visually impaired (B... read more

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Tips for Returning Borrowed Items to MDE-LIO

Have a book or device to return to MDE-LIO? Teachers may now set up a time to return borrowed materials between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To set up an appointment, contact Sarah Oberlin at ...

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Tips to Prepare for Medical Appointments

Visiting the doctor can be a stressful experience for families. Parents often struggle with medical jargon and are left wondering what can be done to support their child’s vision loss. Children with visual impairments may be afraid of the unfamili... read more


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