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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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Webinar

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...

July 18, 2020
Five marshmallows on skewers roasting over a campfire.
Webinar

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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Webinar

Registration will open in August 2020. 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...

October 14, 2020 to November 18, 2020

LATEST NEWS

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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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