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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Greenville, MI

Join Camp Tuhsmeheta (Camp T) and MDE-LIO on a two-day overnight camp focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills! Campers ages 10-14 who are Blind/Visually Impaired will learn bridge-building techniques, explore tree growth...

July 30, 2019 to July 31, 2019
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Flint, MI

Fingerspelling Our Way to Reading is a research-based curriculum and intervention that was developed specifically to support children who are Deaf or Hard or Hearing (DHH) in developing reading skills. This training will give attendees the...

August 20, 2019
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Join MDE-LIO in a two-hour online workshop to learn how to use BrailleBlaster, a free braille transcription program from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). BrailleBlaster can be used to create braille worksheets, quizzes, notes,...

September 26, 2019


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Tips for Returning American Printing House for the Blind Products

As the school year ends, MDE-LIO encourages teachers to return unused American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products so they can be available for others to borrow. Due to the high value of APH products, we would like to remind teachers to pr... read more

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New Thermoform Machines Produce Crisp Text and Graphics

If you order braille textbooks for students from MDE-LIO, you and your students might start noticing that the text and accompanying graphics are extra crisp.

MDE-LIO recently began using four new American Thermoform machines, which are used... read more

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Education Consultant Lynn Pensari Retires in June

Education Consultant Lynn Pensari retired after 25 years of teaching and five years of supporting educators and families at MDE-LIO.

At MDE-LIO, Lynn served as a leader for the cortical visual impairment team, conducting statewide training... read more


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