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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Join MDE-LIO’s BVI staff members to discuss your successes from this past year and any needs you have in the upcoming year. Access the Webinar This live webinar will be held via Zoom. Participants do not need to have a Zoom account to participate in...

May 31, 2022
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Greenville, MI

Former campers who are BVI, along with their immediate family members, are invited to attend this summer picnic! Spend the day engaging in camp life while reminiscing with old friends and meeting new ones. Highlights: Explore Camp T and learn about...

June 4, 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 staff for a look at the year in review as well as updates for next year. This webinar will also offer an open discussion on supporting students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH). Access the Webinar This webinar will be held via Zoom...

June 7, 2022


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Request Discontinued APH Products

We’re making room on our shelves for new American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products! Through May 20, MDE-LIO will take email requests for discontinued items. The listed products are incomplete or are no longer in stock at APH. These prod... read more

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New Document Answers VI Rule Questions

In June 2021, Rule 340.1708 of the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education [PDF] was updated in response to a memorandum issue... read more

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Create a Cortical Visual Impairment Story Box

From Amy Shepherd, MDE-LIO Parent Liaison, MEd, Perkins-Roman Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Range Endorsee and National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) Accessible Media Producer

This article is also available in a... read more


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