MDE-LIO previously operated as the Michigan School for the Blind (MSB) on a campus in Lansing. After the school closed, the MSB stayed in operation as an outreach program for students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI). In 2006, the MSB outreach program became MDE-LIO and also began providing outreach services for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). MDE-LIO is funded through the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education.


To provide consultation, guidance, training, and resources to families and educational teams serving students who are BVI and/or DHH.


To ensure equal access to a quality education for all students who are BVI and/or DHH.