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 MDE-LIO staff for an open question-and-answer session on topics specific to supporting students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH). Access the Webinar This webinar will be held via Zoom. Participants do not need to have a Zoom account to...

December 1, 2020
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Learn from, and network with, your colleagues in West Michigan who serve students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)! This half-day event will include a specially-recorded presentation by Tina Childress, an educational audiologist who is widely...

January 22, 2021
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Join MDE-LIO and DeafBlind Central (DB Central) for an online winter transition conference! This one-day conference will include a keynote presentation by Stephanie Cawthon, director of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. It will...

February 26, 2021


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November 2020 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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New Items in Blind/Visually Impaired Resource Library

New books are available in MDE-LIO’s Blind/Visually Impaired Resource Library. Visit the library page for more information on borrowing each item.

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Partnering to Provide Clear Face Coverings for Families

Since August, MDE-LIO and Michigan Hands & Voices have partnered to send clear face masks and shields to families of children across Michigan who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).



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