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, 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.

Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing can benefit from learning about their hearing and communication needs and how to manage those needs. This webinar will cover self-advocacy skills, which help students as they journey through their school years...

April 20, 2021
A woman using a Mantis Q40.

With the Mantis Q40, users no longer need to choose between a keyboard and a braille device. While a student types on the Mantis, the refreshable braille below the keyboard provides a multimodal braille complement to the screen reader, making it...

May 5, 2021
A purple popsicle and orange popsicle, with a bite taken out of each.

Spend some quality time in the kitchen making frozen treats with popsicle molds! Dads, grandpas, uncles, and other fatherly figures are invited to guide students who are Blind/Visually Impaired through this one-on-one experience. After June 14,...

June 14, 2021


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Last-Chance Loans From APH

Through May 7, MDE-LIO will take email requests for American Printing House for the Blind (APH) products that are incomplete or are no longer in stock at APH.

Products may be requested by teachers. These products are not under warranty, and... read more

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March 2021 Newsletter Available

Please enjoy reading this issue of the Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and... read more

View from above of a young child reading an illustrated storybook about a fox who has lost his socks.

The Magical Book Nook: Ideas for Supporting Early Literacy

From Amy Shepherd, MDE-LIO Parent Liaison, MEd, Perkins-Roman Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Range Endorsee 

Think back to your early formative experiences with books. What special childhood memories of reading still linger? Did... read more


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