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.

For Educators and School Personnel

  • 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
  • MDE-LIO's Resources for Personal Protective Equipment [PDF] can help answer districts' questions about personal protective equipment (PPE) for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • 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 needs of students with disabilities through remote and virtual learning
  • Coronavirus Information and Resources from the Council on Exceptional Children – Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (CEC-DCD) offers resources for educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a Virtual Resources LiveBinder
  • #DeafEdTips from the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education offers information about providing accommodations for students
  • CSD Learns offers free educator resources, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) toolkits that have ready-made presentations with instructional content featuring STEM role models

Professional Development

  • Gallaudet University Laurent Clerc National Deaf Center resources:
  • The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB)’s Pineapple Professional Development provides free webinars as well as videos and pictures of best practices
  • EduPaths provides free, online, self-paced modules on a variety of educational topics; continuing education credits are available
  • Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss, in collaboration with The Online Itinerant, offers paid professional development webinars

Listening and Spoken Language

  • Hearing First offers online learning and professional networking opportunities for Listening and Spoken Language professionals

Cued Speech


Early Childhood

For Educational Interpreters

Video Recording

  • Loom and Screencastify are video recording tools many interpreters use to provide picture-in-picture interpreted content.

Live Video Conferencing

Social Media Pages and Groups

For Parents and Families

Social and Emotional Health Resources

Listening and Spoken Language

  • Hearing Our Way is a magazine for kids and teens who are DHH; the magazine is available in print (by subscription) and digital versions
  • AG Bell: Support for Families of Pre-School and School Age Children provides a list of easy activities that parents can do at home to build listening and communication skills
  • The Listening Room offers free resources and activities that support the development of listening, speech, and language for individuals who have hearing loss; activities are provided for use with infants through adults
  • Cochlear Americas Rehabilitation Resources offers free, downloadable aural rehabilitation materials and activities for use at home with infants through teens/young adults

American Sign Language

  • Sign It is an online ASL curriculum that is free to families have a child who is DHH and under three years of age
  • Foundations for Literacy YouTube Channel offers playlists featuring ASL stories and songs
  • MDE-LIO’s ASL Learning and Standards page offers a sample of available resources for students, family members, and professionals who are learning ASL

Cued Speech


Talking With Children About COVID-19

ASL Stories

COVID-19 Information for Teens