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

MDE-LIO provides consultation, guidance, 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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In this live webinar, MDE-LIO staff will discuss students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) and have additional disabilities. Resources for parents and school personnel who work with this population of students will be provided, and we will have...

February 25, 2020
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Ann Arbor, MI

Neurological visual impairment (NVI) is the leading cause of visual impairment in developed countries. To better serve this population, this presentation will discuss how NVI affects learning. MDE-LIO will offer another workshop, Literacy...

March 13, 2020
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Clinton Township, MI

This workshop, for teachers and teacher consultants supporting students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), will focus on several technical aspects of American Sign Language (ASL), including structure, grammar, classifiers, and multiple meanings....

March 14, 2020


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Attend a LIVE With LIO Webinar in Spring 2020

Families, educators, and other school personnel are invited to attend MDE-LIO’s LIVE With LIO webinars, which are held every other Tuesday at noon during the school year.

Each LIVE With LIO webinar covers topics that are specific to support... read more

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Students Learn Coding Basics, Self-Advocacy at Amazon

In a small conference room at Amazon’s Detroit headquarters in mid-November, Senior User Experience Designer Brendan Gramer described his career path to 15 intently focused students.

Using American Sign Language (ASL), Gramer talked about h... read more

Goalball player John Kusku, wearing an eye cover, slides sideways and stretches his arm out to block a goal.

Paralympic Medalist Teaches Goalball Techniques to Students

When John Kusku played goalball competitively for the first time, he got a bloody nose.

“I thought it was great,” said Kusku, who now plays on the men’s U.S. Goalball Team. “I wanted to keep playing.”

This past November, Kusku travel... read more


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