The Michigan Assistive Technology Guidelines for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired is an expanded document based on the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS) that guides teachers of students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who are blind or have a visual impairment with assistive technology.

These guidelines follow the six key concepts of the METS:

  • Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Research and Information Technology
  • Digital Citizenship

The guidelines are designed to assist and guide teachers with assistive technology, data collection, resources, professional development, and the current assistive technology industry. Download the guidelines and student checklists to use for data collection.


Teachers may use these guidelines to develop specific individualized education program (IEP) goals, develop lesson plans, and track technology instruction progress. Each guideline document includes:

  • The skill to be performed by the student and the suggested teacher activity for each skill.
  • Columns to track a student's progress in achieving each skill; each student should have a copy of the checklist in his or her school file.
  • Assistive technology glossary
  • Assistive technology resources
  • Tools and applications sample listing
  • Tools record keeping chart

Please note: We are currently in the process of updating the guidelines documents and will post them as they become available. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.

Guidelines, by grade level:


We are currently in the process of updating our references document. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.