Michigan Department of Education, Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) Programs and Services

Contact: Collette Bauman at (517) 373-2887; toll free (888) 760-2206 or baumanc@michigan.gov

The current MDE-LIO program was previously known as Michigan School for the Blind-Low Incidence Outreach. The MDE-LIO staff provide outreach services to all local education agencies (LEAs), public school academies (PSAs), intermediate school districts (ISDs), children with a visual impairment, students who are deaf and/or hard of hearing, and their families, as well as other resource agencies.

The overarching goal is to provide technical assistance and resources to enable local service providers to serve and improve the quality of education for students with a visual impairment or those who are deaf and/or hard of hearing including those with multiple impairments.

Services currently available include:

  • Production of Enlarged Print and Braille books.
  • Book Research (alternate format educational materials), email msdb-imc@michigan.gov.
  • Michigan School for the Blind Trust Fund Scholarships.
  • American Printing House for the Blind (APH) Federal Quota.
  • Helpline (888) 760-2206 toll free, (517) 373-2887 direct or email msdb-outreach@michigan.gov.
  • Consultation around specific student needs (assessment and programming).
  • Extensive Loan Library. Professional reference materials, children's fiction in Braille and enlarged print, and textbooks in Braille and enlarged print.
  • Sign Language Proficiency Interviews (SLPI).
  • Educational Interpreter Project (EIPA).
  • Regional class offerings. Assistive Technology workshops, Braille, Independent Living Skills (ILS).
  • Orientation and Mobility Task Force.
  • Program Improvement Process. Programs for students with a visual impairment.
  • Conferences and workshops for professional staff and parents.
  • Quality Programs for Students with a Visual Impairment (QPVI).
  • Collaboration with many organizations and agencies concerning students who are DeafBlind, blind and visually impaired, and deaf and/or hard of hearing at the state and national level.