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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Which browsers are best for screen reader users? Which ones have the most low-vision options? In this Talk Tech Tuesday, join MDE-LIO Technology Team instructors on a journey to surf the internet using a variety of browsers and extensions....

May 28, 2024
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This online class is for individuals who have little or no experience with braille. In the class, participants will visually learn how to read and write braille. They will also gain knowledge and practice to effectively support students who use...

June 18, 2024 to August 20, 2024
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Greenville, MI

Campers will experience many adventures at this three-night camp. Participants will have an opportunity to hike, practice archery, play sports, scale the climbing tower, swim, create art, and enjoy campfires. Campers will also have the option to set...

June 23, 2024 to June 26, 2024


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Updated Severity Rating Scale Document Available

The new Vision Services Severity Rating Scale 2.0 (VSSRS 2.0) is now available! This document is a tool designed to assist teachers and teacher consultants in making service time suggestions for students who are Blind/Visually impaired (B... read more

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Tips for Returning Borrowed Items to MDE-LIO

Have a book or device to return to MDE-LIO? Teachers may now set up a time to return borrowed materials between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To set up an appointment, contact Sarah Oberlin at ...

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Tips to Prepare for Medical Appointments

Visiting the doctor can be a stressful experience for families. Parents often struggle with medical jargon and are left wondering what can be done to support their child’s vision loss. Children with visual impairments may be afraid of the unfamili... read more


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