Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO)

MDE-LIO provides outreach support and resources to serve and improve the quality of education for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) and students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). The project is funded through the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education (OSE). 

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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Lansing, MI

The listening and spoken language (LSL) approach is a communication option for infants, toddlers, and young children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and who have appropriate auditory access to speech. Professionals and families work together...

August 2, 2019
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East Lansing, MI

Foundations for Literacy is a research-based curriculum and intervention that was developed specifically to teach beginning reading skills to young children who are Deaf or Hard or Hearing (DHH). This two-day training will give attendees the...

August 3, 2019 to August 4, 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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Education Consultant Lynn Pensari Retires in June

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

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

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Libraries Across Michigan Offer Interactive StoryWalk Program

This summer, 35 Michigan libraries will participate in the Braille Enhanced StoryWalk® program, giving children and their families a chance to read books via braille or written text as they walk along an outdoor path. MDE-LIO's braille production... read more

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New Parent Liaison at MDE-LIO and Camp Tuhsmeheta

MDE-LIO would like to welcome Amy Shepherd as a new Parent Liaison. She will work part-time with families and MDE-LIO consultants to create more collaborative opportunities to help support students who are Blind/Visually Impaired.

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