Our Family Support section connects you to resources that directly serve students and their families.

MDE-LIO Resources

DHH Reading Kits
Reading books with your child is a wonderful way to support language, learning, and literacy. MDE-LIO offers reading kits for families of students in Michigan who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH).

Resource Library
MDE-LIO’s resource library includes books and materials for parents that are available for loan.

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 Resources

MDE-LIO does not endorse the purchase or use of any non-State Board of Education-adopted commercial products. Products and services noted below are included for information only and their inclusion should not be interpreted as a recommendation of MDE-LIO.

Family Organizations

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.

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.

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.

Online Guides

Procedural Safeguards Video (Captioned)
Learn about the Procedural Safeguards for special education in this captioned video.

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.

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.

Family Matters
Family Matters is an outreach effort from the Michigan Department of Education that provides information about special education and other resources.

Listening and Spoken Language Resources

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) Resources

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.

Cued Speech Resources

Cued Children's Books
The Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association offers a list of several cued children’s books and videos available online.

National Cued Speech Association
This website offers a variety of informational handouts, videos, and resources. 

Cue College
Cue College provides online courses for parents and professionals to learn Cued Speech.