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, guidance, 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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Webinar

Join MDE-LIO staff for an open question-and-answer session on topics specific to supporting students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Bring your questions and share your successes with MDE-LIO, colleagues, and peers from around the state! Resources for...

June 9, 2020
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.
Webinar

Join MDE-LIO staff for an open question-and-answer session on topics specific to supporting students who are Blind/Visually Impaired. Access the Webinar This webinar will be held via Zoom. Participants do not need to register or have a Zoom account...

June 10, 2020
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Webinar

Join Camp T for a virtual family campfire with other families of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing! Join us as we play games, participate in a scavenger hunt, and share laughter. This is a family event, so the entire family is encouraged to...

June 18, 2020

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Vocabulary Tips and Activities for Summer

Supporting a child’s vocabulary development can have a positive impact on overall school success. Read our vocabulary-building tips and activities for children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing below.

Incorporate these tips into daily routines w... read more

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Outdoor Activities for Families

From Camp T Director Jill Teegardin

Feeling the warmth of the sun on your face, listening to the sound of a babbling brook, and touching the softness of a moss-covered log are all experiences you can encounter while taking a hike i... read more

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Virtual Campfire Offers At-Home Family Fun

As MDE-LIO Parent Liaison Amy Shepherd led a camp cheer on May 9, several children giggled as everyone fell out of sync toward the end.

“A-W-E-S-O-M-E, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome are we,” the group shouted.

The cheer... read more

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