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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Lansing, MI

This summer, MDE-LIO will once again provide assistive technology (AT) assessments for students with a visual impairment. These assessments help pair students with AT solutions that meet their needs and enable them to complete tasks as independently...

August 12, 2019 to August 16, 2019


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Summer Open House for APH Products

When teachers return a borrowed American Printing House for the Blind (APH) product to MDE-LIO this summer, they’ll have a chance to browse APH rummage products to take back to their district.

To return borrowed APH products, set up an... read more

Three students, two boys and one girl, complete a worksheet together while lounging on a carpeted floor at a Finance Park facility.

Students Practice Important Life Skills at Finance Park Event

On May 10, nearly two dozen middle school students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) gathered in Detroit to get a handle on their budgets and expenses.

Not their actual budgets and expenses, of course.

The students were at...

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Dive Into a Universe of Stories With Our Summer Reading Program

This year’s summer reading program is out of this world! The program features a space theme and runs June 24 through August 4. All components of the program are designed to be completed at home, so students across Michigan can participate. More... read more


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