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

MDE-LIO is funded through the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Special Education (OSE). The project provides technical assistance 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).

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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Various locations, MI

This workshop will guide participants through the EIPA report feedback and glossary of linguistic terms that are received with an EIPA assessment. Participants will begin to apply feedback and convert it to measureable goals for their professional...

April 6, 2019
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Traverse City, MI

Families, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend a one-day workshop geared toward supporting students who have a Neurological Visual Impairment. Participants will learn: How to recognize the visual behaviors of students across all...

May 15, 2019
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Lansing, MI

The Michigan Department of Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) will host a one-day event designed to help parents or other adult family members prepare their children to be independent. The event is for parents of children who are in Pre-K...

May 18, 2019


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Now Available for Loan: Functional Skills Assessment Tool

A four-part tool for evaluating students’ daily living skills is now available to borrow.

American Printing House for the Blind (APH) recently released a Functional Skills Assessment (FSA), which includes four modules that can be...

Students Test Their Skills at Braille Challenge 2019

On February 23, Michigan Braille Challenge wrapped up another successful year.

“We had a great turnout for this year’s Braille Challenge, and we would like to thank all of the families and volunteers who took the time to participate,” said... read more

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Books Available for Pre-K Through Third Grade

Enhance your child’s literacy without spending a dime!

Through MDE-LIO’s ABCs for VIPs program, Michigan families can request a set of 15-20 books in Unified English Braille (UEB) for their child in preschool through third grade. MDE-LIO... read more


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