Our Family Support section connects you to resources that directly serve students and their families.
MDE-LIO has compiled a list of tips and resources for supporting your child's return to school, whether virtual or in person.
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
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.
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 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.
This site offers free, downloadable aural rehabilitation materials and activities for use at home with infants through teens/young adults.
American Sign Language (ASL)
This MDE-LIO page offers a sample of available resources for students, family members, and professionals who are learning 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.
This YouTube channel offers playlists featuring ASL stories and songs.
The Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association offers a list of several cued children’s books and videos available online.
General MDE-LIO Resources
MDE-LIO’s resource library includes books and materials for parents that are available for loan.
Learn about the Procedural Safeguards for special education in this captioned video.
MDE-LIO provides support to families and school districts regarding a variety of topics.
Discover resources that can help you navigate your child’s early years.
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 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 offers summer programs for children, families, and adults at the Carls Family Village in Brooklyn, Mich.
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.
The HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
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.
This NCHAM resource provides a timeline that guides families through the screening, diagnostic, and early intervention enrollment journey.
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 offers workshops, webinars, and disability-specific information for families.
SEMS provides facilitation and mediation services to help families and school districts resolve disagreements.
Early On offers early intervention services for families with children ages birth to three.