This page features resources gathered by MDE-LIO staff that can be used by both families and school personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that all products, services, and tips mentioned are for informational purposes only.

COVID-19 Resources

  • August 2, 2021: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued Recommendations for Safer School Operations during COVID-19 [PDF], which covers ways to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in schools during the 2021-2022 school year
  • The US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides IDEAs That Work: Continuity of Learning During COVID-19, which includes information, tools, and resources to help educators, parents and families, and related service providers meet the educational, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth with disabilities through remote and virtual learning
  • The American Foundation for the Blind has gathered Accessible Education Resources during COVID-19 for parents, college students, and teachers

Assistive Technology

MDE-LIO Resources

Zoom Video Platform

Zoom Security

Google Platforms

Keyboard Shortcuts

Speech Access for Computers

Apps and Services

Creating Mind Maps

  • Popplet can be used to help students think and learn visually; students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them
  • The Kidspiration app allows users to visually display and organize thoughts and ideas across various disciplines
  • Whimsical Mind Maps
  • iMindMap HD App

Other Technology Resources

Compensatory Skills

Unified English Braille (UEB) and Nemeth Code


  • Bookshare is a free eBook library for students who qualify (must have verification from an approved professional)
  • Project Gutenberg offers more than 60,000 free eBooks in a variety of formats

Independent Living Skills

Tips for Uploading Daily Living Videos

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)

Teaching GPS Navigation

The resources below are provided by Leader Dogs for the Blind for teaching global positioning system (GPS) navigation to students:

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)


Preparing for Work

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) Career Resources

Preparing for College

Family Resources

Fun and Games

  • Play games using the Zoom video conferencing platform with family and friends on the video conferencing platform; games could include Categories, Story Starter, 21 Questions, Catch Phrase, Yahtzee, Bingo, Trivia, Apples to Apples, Two Truths and a Lie, etc.
  • The Audio Description Project provides audio descriptions for TV show episodes and movies

Exercise and Movement

Online Educational Resources