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, 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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Independent living skills (ILS) are essential components of the expanded core curriculum for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI). This four-part training will provide you with the tools, resources, checklists, material lists, and...

October 9, 2020
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This five-week online class will give adult family members of students who are Blind/Visually Impaired the opportunity to learn basic concepts about braille and discuss topics related to raising a child with vision loss. Adult family members may...

October 14, 2020 to November 11, 2020
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This class will focus on American Sign Language (ASL) basics, including signs for everyday use. Adults with at least one child in their family who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) are invited to participate. In an effort to support families during...

September 28, 2020 to November 16, 2020


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Discovery Kit Activity Highlight: Edible Soil

This activity was included in our Soil Science Discovery Kit in summer 2020 for teens ages 13-18. We are making one activity from each age group available for all to enjoy.

When you dig deep into soil, there are different layers called soil... read more

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Support for New School Personnel in Fall 2020

The MDE-LIO Support Team was recently created to help develop competent, informed, and knowledgeable teachers of students who are visually impaired (TVIs), teacher consultants of the visually impaired (TCVIs), and certified orientation and mobilit... read more

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Share Ideas at an Upcoming Swap Meet

This school year, MDE-LIO will partner with intermediate school districts (ISDs) in several regions across the state to host virtual “swap meets” for school personnel serving children or students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

Each... read more


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