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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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Braille Challenge offers many options for participation this year! Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI) and read braille are invited to participate online or in person in the 2023 Michigan Regional Braille Challenge. Braille Challenge is...

February 25, 2023
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Start your Saturday morning with a virtual story time for families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)! Each story time includes interactive activities and books read in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The stories and...

February 4, 2023
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In this webinar series, participants are invited to talk with others who support children, ages birth to six, who are Blind/Visually Impaired. Each session will include a presentation and time for questions. This session will be presented by...

February 6, 2023


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January 2023 MDE-LIO Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the January 2023 issue of the MDE-LIO newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and professional development opportunities for all.... read more

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You’re Like Me: Peer Connections for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Peer interactions play an important role in social and emotional development for all students. Through a variety of activities and interactive settings, students build and learn cooperative, relationship, and problem-solving skills. Peer interacti... read more

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New Free Resource: The CVI Book Nook

From Amy Shepherd, MDE-LIO Parent Liaison and Expert Substitute Teacher for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Teachers for the Visually Impaired Team

One of my fondest memories about learning to read was the book nook in m... read more


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