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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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 as she discusses building literacy skills for students with neurological visual impairment (NVI). Participants will learn strategies for adapting materials, resources and products that are available...

November 10, 2020
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This workshop will be held over two half-day sessions on November 13, 2020, and January 15, 2021. Young children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) have unique learning needs. Attend this two-part virtual workshop to learn about tools and...

November 13, 2020
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Given the opportunity, any child can learn! Active Learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs. Join Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/...

November 20, 2020


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Discovery Kit Activity Highlight: Edible Soil

This activity was included in our Soil Science Discovery Kit in summer 2020 for teens ages 13-18. We are making one activity from each age group available for all to enjoy.

When you dig deep into soil, there are different layers called soil... read more

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Support for New School Personnel in Fall 2020

The MDE-LIO Support Team was recently created to help develop competent, informed, and knowledgeable teachers of students who are visually impaired (TVIs), teacher consultants of the visually impaired (TCVIs), and certified orientation and mobilit... read more

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September 2020 Newsletter Available

Please enjoy reading this issue of the Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) n... read more


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