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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Join Camp T for a virtual family campfire with other families of children with visual impairments! We’ll play games, participate in a scavenger hunt, and share laughter. Because this event will be conducted online, participants must have reliable...

August 12, 2020
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Let’s have an afternoon of fun playing games! At this online event, join other families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) for an hour of playing games such as trivia and Pictionary. This event is designed for parents and children to...

August 20, 2020
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Join MDE-LIO to learn everything you wanted to know about using Word and the internet with JAWS but were too afraid to ask! This will be an informative and interactive workshop on using the JAWS screen reader with Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge,...

September 18, 2020


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MDE-LIO Now Accepting Returns

Teachers may now set up an appointment to return borrowed materials from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Items we will accept include:

  • Braille and large-print books
  • Equipment
  • American P... read more

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Braille Challenge Competitor Moves on to Finals

One student from Michigan has qualified to compete in the Braille Challenge Finals July 6-12. MDE-LIO would like to congratulate Julia L., who will be one of 11 students competing at the Varsity level.

This year, the Braille Institute will... read more

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May Instructional Materials Center Update

Distance learning has become a necessity due to COVID-19, and MDE-LIO is pleased to assist with American Printing House for the Blind (APH) books and products. Donning face masks and rubber gloves, our Instructional Materials Center (IMC) staff ha... read more


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