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MDE Low Incidence Outreach
Description obtained from Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach Website.

  • The current MDE-LIO program was previously known as Michigan School for the Blind-Low Incidence Outreach. MDE-LIO staff provide outreach services to all LEAs, PSAs, ISDs, children with a visual impairment, students who are deaf/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/hard of hearing including those with multiple impairments.

Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Description obtained from the Seedlings website

  • Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost braille books for children.
  • Braille books are provided at each level of development, from toddler board books to classic literature for older children. New titles are added every year as highly skilled volunteer braille transcribers spend countless donated hours translating print books into braille and preparing them for computer disk to await production. Once the original translation is complete, additional books can be printed as needed. Exposure to popular, high quality braille literature throughout childhood increases the likelihood of children developing into able braille readers.

American Printing House for the Blind CVI
Description obtained from the American Printing House CVI website

  • After meeting with educators of children with vision/multiple disabilities, APH found that there was a need for reliable information regarding CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment). Thus, APH responded by creating CVI Synergy, a group of researchers, educators, and physicians who work with children diagnosed with CVI. The web site is the product of the CVI Synergy meetings, contributions from individuals and agencies across the United States and Canada, and APH staff. APH encourages participation from families, educators, and medical professionals.

Family Connect: For Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
escription obtained from Family Connect Website

  • FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.

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