MDE-LIO is now scheduling some in-person events. These events may be subject to change, based on state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 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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Learn about the benefits of a team approach, tools for educating general education personnel, strategies for differentiating instruction, ways to network with colleagues, and more! Access the Webinar This webinar will be held via Zoom....

January 18, 2022
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Registration is open below! Braille Challenge offers many options for participation this year! Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) and read braille are invited to participate online or in person in the 2022 Michigan Regional Braille...

January 29, 2022
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ASL for Families II will build on American Sign Language (ASL) basics for those who have taken the first ASL for Families class from MDE-LIO. In this class, an additional emphasis will be placed on learning and practicing storytelling. Audience This...

February 7, 2022 to March 28, 2022


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Get the MDE-LIO Annual Report

In 2021, MDE-LIO continued to host virtual events and adjust to changing circumstances. In our annual report, learn about the number of books and products we loaned out, the most-visited pages on our website, how our staff turned Braille Challenge... read more

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December MDE-LIO Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the December issue of the MDE-LIO newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and professional development opportunities for all. Cli... read more

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Ways to Lead Your Child’s IEP Team

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

Be the “captain” of your child’s individualized education program (IEP) team! Being prepared, communicating effectively,... read more


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