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, 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 BVI education consultants Amanda English and Pat Love, along with staff from the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP), to explore transition resources and tools for students and teachers. Access the Webinar This live webinar will be held...

May 11, 2021
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Summer is a time for family fun! Join us to learn about resources, ideas, and opportunities for supporting children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the summer months. Presenters will share language, literacy, and learning resources. Access the...

May 18, 2021
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Spend some quality time in the kitchen making frozen treats with popsicle molds! Dads, grandpas, uncles, and other fatherly figures are invited to guide students who are Blind/Visually Impaired through this one-on-one experience. After June 14,...

June 14, 2021


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Parents Share Their 2020 Experiences

This past year brought many challenges to families in Michigan. Students switched to remote and distance learning, while many parents navigated working, parenting, and teaching at home. 

MDE-LIO Parent Liaison Amy Shepherd and Camp T Direct... read more

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MDE-LIO Is Hiring

MDE-LIO is hiring a full-time education consultant. View the listing below for more information.

Position: Consultant for Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)

Location: Lansing (statewide travel is required as... read more

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March 2021 Newsletter Available

Please enjoy reading this issue of the Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and... read more


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