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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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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Put on your pajamas, find a comfy space, and join MDE-LIO for our monthly virtual story time with families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)! Each story time includes short activities and books read in both American Sign Language (...

November 10, 2021
A laptop running Microsoft Excel.

Join us to learn skills and strategies for teaching Microsoft Excel to students who are Blind/Visually Impaired!  In this workshop, Digital Apex Owner/CEO Mark Nelson will demonstrate tips and strategies for accessing Microsoft Excel using the JAWS...

November 19, 2021


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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 November 15, MDE-LIO will take email requests for discontinued items. The listed products are incomplete or are no longer in stock at APH. These... read more

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Seed Sensations Activity for Families

Fall is the perfect time to take a hike with your family. Below is a fun outdoor activity to do while on a walk, as well as a list of corn mazes around Michigan.

Many plants have seeds designed to attach themselves to animals so the plants... read more

Crossing his arms, Matt Polzin smiles at the camera while standing next to a lake in a wooded area.

Camp T Welcomes High-Adventure Consultant

Camp T has hired a new staff member to lead high-adventure activities and help with day-to-day camp operations. Matt Polzin started the position in September. 

Polzin, who was born and raised in Flint, enlisted in the Navy in 1988. He becam... read more


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