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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Connect with new and old friends by joining this social club for teens. Each meetup will have a different theme, and teens will have an opportunity to play games, write poetry, share their talents, and participate in a variety of social activities....

July 6, 2021 to August 10, 2021
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Please note: This class is now full. Additional registrants will be placed on a waitlist. This eight-week online class for school personnel will focus on American Sign Language (ASL), including signs for everyday use. Learn: Basic ASL structure...

July 7, 2021 to August 25, 2021
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In this workshop, teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) will learn about applying for jobs and how to act in the workplace. They will also learn tips for expressing their needs, setting goals, and asking for support. A panel of adults who are...

July 21, 2021


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May MDE-LIO Newsletter

Please enjoy reading the May issue of the MDE-LIO newsletter. The MDE-LIO newsletter is a collaborative effort of our staff to provide valuable information regarding services, materials, and professional development opportunities for all. Click th... read more

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The Educational Audiologist’s Role at School

Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing have a range of needs related to their hearing status. A clinical audiologist conducts hearing tests and fits hearing devices such as hearing aids. Educational audiologists are not only trained to do these... read more

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Learning at Your Fingertips

At MDE-LIO, we hope you have been able to join us for our monthly LIVE With LIO webinars. These webinars offer valuable information on topics related to supporting students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI). If you are looking for more info... read more


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