Updated: August 4, 2020

We will continue to update this page with resources that can be used by both families and school personnel who are currently at home. Please note that all products, services, and tips mentioned are for informational purposes only.

LIVE With LIO Webinar Resources

The following resource documents correspond with MDE-LIO's weekly LIVE With LIO webinars. The same resources can be found below this section, organized by topic.

For Educators and School Personnel

  • MDE-LIO has compiled Resources for Personal Protective Equipment [PDF] to assist districts with questions they may have 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 educational, behavioral, and emotional needs of children and youth 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) includes resources for educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a Virtual Resources LiveBinder with accessibility and learning resources
  • #DeafEdTips from the Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education offers information and guidelines on how to provide accommodations and accessibility to students
  • CSD Learns offers free educator resources, including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) toolkits consisting of ready-made presentations with engaging instructional content featuring DHH role models involved in STEM

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 professional development webinars at a variety of price points

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 is a video recording tool that many interpreters are using to provide picture-in-picture interpreted content. Free to create an account; if you create an account using your school district email address, you’ll get upgraded access for free. Be sure to mark that your primary use will be for education.
  • Screencastify is a video recording tool interpreters are using to provide picture-in-picture interpreted content. Basic accounts are free; right now, you can upgrade your account for free using the code CAST_COVID. Enter the code; no credit card information is required.

Live Video Conferencing

Social Media Pages and Groups

For Parents and Families

Social and Emotional Health Resources

Reading at Home

  • The National Wildlife Federation publishes the Ranger Rick magazine for children through age 12; through June 30, families can subscribe for three months of free access to magazines and website resources
  • When School is Closed: Resources to Keep Kids Learning at Home from Reading Rockets; offers research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities to support reading skill development for young children

Listening and Spoken Language

  • Hearing Our Way is a magazine for kids and teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; 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

For Students

  • CSD Learns offers free Learner resources for students to start building their own educational foundation for career and life success
  • Scholastic Learn at Home offers resources for students and families, including day-by-day projects to keep children reading, thinking, and growing
  • Global Digital Library (GDL) is an open-source digital library that offers free eBooks in more than 40 languages, readable on the web, mobile, or for downloading and printing

ASL Stories

COVID-19 Information for Teens

Supporting Students Who Are DeafBlind

Michigan DeafBlind Resources

  • iCanConnect Michigan: iCanConnect provides people with both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training
  • Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP): For individuals age 14 or older; BSBP provides counseling and training in skills for daily living without vision (depending on need and eligibility for specific services, BSBP may also provide some types of adaptive equipment, computer software, and postsecondary education)

National and International DeafBlind Resources

Interpreter and Intervener Resources

DeafBlind Research