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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Learn about the Educational Impact Matrix for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing [PDF], a tool that teams can use to discuss student needs and potential support. During this live webinar, our education consultants will discuss the Educational...

October 22, 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? MDE-LIO will offer a one-day conference to support you. The day will begin with a welcome from Scott...

November 8, 2019
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Lansing, MI

Parents and service providers of children ages birth to six who are Blind/Visually Impaired (BVI), Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH), or DeafBlind are invited to this one-day conference. Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW, will speak about the “Dance of Partnership...

November 22, 2019


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Learn How to Support Student Skills Outside the Classroom

Parents know that students’ learning often goes beyond the classroom. To support the development of specific skills that are not taught in the classroom or require direct teaching, the Iowa Department of Education created a document called the... read more

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MDE-LIO Announces New Managers

Over the summer, MDE-LIO welcomed Michelle Woolf as Department Manager for Finance and Human Resources and Brenda Mahoney as Events Manager.


One girl sits and two boys stand at a folding table that features a single-cup coffee machine, cups, and bottles of water. One of the boys talks to a woman who is in line to buy coffee on the other side of the table.

Mount Pleasant Program Helps Students Practice Life Skills

Story by Kaitlin Shawgo, photos by Rory Goodine

When visiting a middle school on a summer morning, you might not expect to be greeted by two fourth-graders and an eighth-grader running a coffee stand.

But for five weeks this... read more


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