MDE-LIO is now scheduling some in-person events for fall. 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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Learn about research, guidance, and tools to support language and literacy for young children 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 participate...

September 21, 2021
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This online class is for school personnel who have little or no experience with braille. In the class, participants will visually learn how to read and write braille. They will also gain knowledge and practice to effectively support students who use...

October 12, 2021 to February 8, 2022
An illustration of a radio tower on top of a map of the Earth. On top of the tower is a circular outline of Michigan surrounded by radio waves.

Join MDE-LIO Education Consultant Johanna Brutvan and Parent Liaison Amy Shepherd as they discuss braille strategies for young readers. Learn about MDE-LIO's latest partnership with Seedlings Braille Books for Children and the Hooray for Braille...

November 9, 2021


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September MDE-LIO Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the September 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 all. Cl... read more

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Workshop Participants Get Direct Access to Training Platform

School personnel and adult family members who take MDE-LIO’s assistive technology workshops will now have direct access to a training system for magnification software and screen reader skills.

For more than 20 years, MDE-LIO has taught man... read more

Goalball player John Kusku, wearing an eye cover, slides sideways and stretches his arm out to block a goal.

Q&A With Goalball Paralympian John Kusku

In spring and summer 2021, Paralympic goalball medalist John Kusku consulted on Camp T’s new recreation center. At the end of August, Kusku and the USA men’s goalball team traveled to Tokyo to compete in the rescheduled 2020 Paralympics.

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