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 and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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 MDE-LIO’s Secondary Transition Guide for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, a tool that helps teams collect important data for discussing a student’s transition needs. Related resources will...

January 28, 2020
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Grand Rapids, MI

Assessing students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) is important for identifying student needs and providing appropriate supports. In this one-day workshop, attendees will receive guidance and instruction on how to appropriately administer...

February 21, 2020
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This five-week online class, offered to families of students who are Blind/Visually Impaired, will teach basic concepts about braille, the expanded core curriculum, and other topics related to raising a child with vision loss. Family members may...

February 27, 2020 to March 26, 2020


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Learn How to Support Student Skills Outside the Classroom

Parents know that students’ learning often goes beyond the classroom. To support the development of specific skills that are not taught in the classroom or require direct teaching, the Iowa Department of Education created a document called the... read more

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MDE-LIO Announces New Managers

Over the summer, MDE-LIO welcomed Michelle Woolf as Department Manager for Finance and Human Resources and Brenda Mahoney as Events Manager.


One girl sits and two boys stand at a folding table that features a single-cup coffee machine, cups, and bottles of water. One of the boys talks to a woman who is in line to buy coffee on the other side of the table.

Mount Pleasant Program Helps Students Practice Life Skills

Story by Kaitlin Shawgo, photos by Rory Goodine

When visiting a middle school on a summer morning, you might not expect to be greeted by two fourth-graders and an eighth-grader running a coffee stand.

But for five weeks this... read more


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