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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In this LIVE With LIO webinar, MDE-LIO staff will discuss the braille and large print book production process. We will discuss how to request a book, the production timeline, and other important steps in the process. At the end of the webinar, we...

November 19, 2019
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Need help gathering data regarding students who are DHH? In this live webinar, our education consultants will discuss MDE-LIO’s Assessment Resource Guide for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing [PDF], which offers a list of resources teams can...

November 26, 2019
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MDE-LIO will launch a new Online Census System in January 2020. This exciting update will bring improvements to how MDE-LIO collects APH census information. We will no longer use paper forms that need to be mailed or faxed. With the new online...

December 3, 2019


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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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Download Our Printable Event Calendars

Get a broad overview of MDE-LIO’s upcoming events right at your fingertips! Our new printable 2019-2020 Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf/Hard of Hearing event calendars feature workshops, classes, conferences, and other events that will be held th... read more


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