MDE-LIO is now scheduling some in-person events. These events may be subject to change, based on state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 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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Do you know a student who wants more information on navigating the transition from high school to adult life? In this webinar series, students will learn from adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) as they talk about their experiences finding...

October 5, 2022
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This two-part series will feature Dr. Lotfi B. Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH, as he discusses the human brain/visual system and neuroplasticity associated with visual impairment (part 1) and assessing visual processing deficits in cerebral/cortical visual...

October 10, 2022
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Join MDE-LIO Consultant Johanna Brutvan and California Education Resource Center Director Adrian Amandi as they discuss tips and tricks for working with school personnel supporting students who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI). This live webinar...

October 11, 2022


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September 2022 MDE-LIO Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the September 2022 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 al... read more

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Organizing Your Teacher Consultant Toolkit

From MDE-LIO Education Consultant Beth Rice

Teacher consultants (TCs) for Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) are always on the move! Some TCs serve many students county-wide, visit multiple districts a day, and can spend hours in their... read more

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Preparing Your Toolkit for Conducting Assessments

From MDE-LIO Education Consultant Amanda English

Have you ever been in this boat? You find out you have a functional vision, learning media, or orientation and mobility assessment that needs to be completed for a student who is Bli... read more


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