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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Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing can benefit from learning about their hearing and communication needs and how to manage those needs. This webinar will cover self-advocacy skills, which help students as they journey through their school years...

April 20, 2021
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Spend some quality time in the kitchen! In May, school-aged children in Michigan who are Blind or Visually Impaired are invited to sign up to make muffins using an at-home baking kit. Moms, grandmas, aunts, and other motherly figures will guide...

May 3, 2021
A woman using a Mantis Q40.

With the Mantis Q40, users no longer need to choose between a keyboard and a braille device. While a student types on the Mantis, the refreshable braille below the keyboard provides a multimodal braille complement to the screen reader, making it...

May 5, 2021


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March 2021 Newsletter Available

Please enjoy reading this issue of the Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and... read more

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The Magical Book Nook: Ideas for Supporting Early Literacy

From Amy Shepherd, MDE-LIO Parent Liaison, MEd, Perkins-Roman Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Range Endorsee 

Think back to your early formative experiences with books. What special childhood memories of reading still linger? Did... read more

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Tips for Building Self-Advocacy Skills

From Beth Rice and John Kirsh, MDE-LIO Education Consultants for Deaf/Hard of Hearing 

In education and disability studies, it is clear that students who demonstrate strong self-advocacy skills have enhanced educational and persona... read more


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