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

MDE-LIO provides consultation, guidance, training, and resources to families and educational teams serving students who are Blind or Visually Impaired and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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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Join MDE-LIO in a two-hour online workshop to learn how to use BrailleBlaster, a free braille transcription program from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). BrailleBlaster can be used to create braille worksheets, quizzes, notes,...

September 26, 2019
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This class will focus on American Sign Language (ASL) basics, including signs for everyday use. Adults with at least one child in their family who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) are invited to participate. Participants will identify and apply:...

October 3, 2019 to November 21, 2019
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Okemos, MI

Are you an administrator who is new to supervising Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) and/or Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) programs and services? The Michigan Department of Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) will offer a one-day conference...

November 8, 2019


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Tips for Returning American Printing House for the Blind Products

As the school year ends, MDE-LIO encourages teachers to return unused American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products so they can be available for others to borrow. Due to the high value of APH products, we would like to remind teachers to pr... read more

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New Thermoform Machines Produce Crisp Text and Graphics

If you order braille textbooks for students from MDE-LIO, you and your students might start noticing that the text and accompanying graphics are extra crisp.

MDE-LIO recently began using four new American Thermoform machines, which are used... read more

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Libraries Across Michigan Offer Interactive StoryWalk Program

This summer, 35 Michigan libraries will participate in the Braille Enhanced StoryWalk® program, giving children and their families a chance to read books via braille or written text as they walk along an outdoor path. MDE-LIO's braille production... read more


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