Our Family Support section connects you to resources that directly serve students and their families.
MDE-LIO’s resource library includes books and materials for parents that are available for loan.
Procedural Safeguards Video (Captioned)
Learn about the Procedural Safeguards for special education in this captioned video.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Outreach Support
MDE-LIO provides support to families and school districts regarding a variety of topics.
Early Childhood Resources
Discover resources that can help you navigate your child’s early years.
Michigan Deaf/Hard of Hearing Service Directory [PDF]
MDE-LIO's service directory provides an overview of the programs and services each Michigan intermediate school district (ISD) offers for students who are DHH.
Other Family Resources
Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices provides many free, downloadable resources for families and professionals. The organization also coordinates trainings and state-level support programs such as Guide By Your Side (GBYS), which pairs a trained “parent guide” with a parent of a child recently identified as having a hearing loss.
The Holley Institute: Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Programs
The Holley Institute offers summer programs for children, families, and adults at the Carls Family Village in Brooklyn, Mich.
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM): Family Support and Partnership
NCHAM offers information on language and communication options, timelines, developmental milestones, and more. The site also features a "Just in Time" Tool to help families identify state agencies that provide support.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
The HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
Classroom Interpreting Parent Guide
Gallaudet University created a series of guides for families and educators who work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This guide helps parents understand their child’s needs as well as the need for an interpreter in the classroom. To receive the guide, fill out a quick survey and the guide will be emailed to you.
Learning About Hearing Loss: A Roadmap for Families [PDF]
This NCHAM resource provides a timeline that guides families through the screening, diagnostic, and early intervention enrollment journey.
BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The mission of this North Carolina nonprofit organization is to “empower parents of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing through education and support.” The organization provides many free resources for families, professionals, and children.
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families offers workshops, webinars, and disability-specific information for families.
Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS)
SEMS provides facilitation and mediation services to help families and school districts resolve disagreements.
Early On Michigan
Early On offers early intervention services for families with children ages birth to three.
Supporting Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as They Return to School [PDF]
MDE-LIO has compiled a list of tips and resources for supporting your child's return to school, whether virtual or in person.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing COVID-19 Resources
This page offers a wide range of resources from MDE-LIO's LIVE With LIO webinars, information from other organizations, and ways to support your child during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At-Home Communication Resources
The resources below may be used at home for listening and spoken language, American Sign Language (ASL), and cued speech approaches.
Listening and Spoken Language
Hearing Our Way
This is a magazine for children and teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; the magazine is available in print (by subscription) and digital versions.
AG Bell: COVID-19 Resources for Families and Professionals
This resource provides a list of easy activities that parents can do at home to build listening and communication skills (found under Resources at the bottom of the page).
The Listening Room
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
This site offers free, downloadable aural rehabilitation materials and activities for use at home with infants through teens/young adults.
American Sign Language (ASL)
ASL Learning and Standards
This MDE-LIO page offers a sample of available resources for students, family members, and professionals who are learning ASL.
Sign It ASL
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
This YouTube channel offers playlists featuring ASL stories and songs.