Road to Independence, MDE-LIO - May 18, 2019
May 18, 2019
9:30 am - 3 pm
Michigan Library and Historical Center, Lansing, MI

The Michigan Department of Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) will host a free one-day event designed to help parents or other adult family members prepare their children to be independent. The event is for parents of children who are in Pre-K through 6th grade and who are Blind/Visually Impaired.  The event will include:

  • Tools and strategies for promoting Independent Living Skills, Assistive Technology, and Orientation and Mobility
  • Parent perspectives on raising an independent child
  • Information booths
Click to Register Online and View Full Event Flyer

Libraries Without Walls 2019 - Registration Deadline is May 24, 2019

The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Braille and Talking Book Library is hosting the Libraries without Walls Conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm.  This conference will be held at the Lansing Community College West Campus located at 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing 48917.   The purpose of this one-day conference is to introduce, demonstrate and provide to librarians, educators, and patrons instruction on how adaptive technology meets the information needs of persons with visual or physical impairments via the Internet, online catalogs and electronic media.

Keynote Speaker:  Professor Emeritus, Paul Ponchillia will discuss Indoor Wayfinding utilizing mobile devices and other adaptive technologies.

Break-out Sessions:  
Attend up to 3 sessions from an array of topics including the latest in low-cost magnifiers, NVDA and Narrator free open source screen readers, Apple iOS, and more! 

To Register:  Fill out the form on the reverse side. Enclose $15 check per registrant paid to State of Michigan. Return by May 24th. For more information contact Scott Norris1-800-992-9012,

Mail To:  Braille and Talking Book Library, Libraries w/ Walls, P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909 

For More Information:  You can find more information on the website at:,4601,7-154-89334_28313_54234-298092--,00.html

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind in the Grand Rapids Area- Summer 2019 Activities

VI Sports and Activity Day in Grand Rapids, June 8, 9 AM – 2 PM
Register at  This fun event has something for every child and family – any age!  Goalball, beep baseball, tandem bicycles and tricycles, swimming, bouncy house, trampoline, arts and crafts, petting zoo, and more!

OUB Summer Camps for children who are blind or low vision
Openings in Cooking and Serving Camp, ages 10-19, June 16-21;  and Elementary Camp, ages 7-12, June 30 – July 4 (10 AM pick up).  Transportation available for low income children anywhere in Michigan!  We will come pick up your child and bring them home! Contact Gwen at for more information.

Cars for a Cause, July 20, Grand Rapids
Benefit car show featuring cars from all over the state.  Supports PRRF - research for children’s eye diseases,  and Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind Summer Camps! Garage Kept Motors 420 36th St SE Grand Rapids, 49548.  Includes Food Trucks and Entertainment!  Cost $10/person or $25/family.  Free parking. If you have a car to show, email photos by July 4 to:

OUB Camps HAS TRANSPORTATION FUNDS for any low income VI child in Michigan to attend our camps. 

MPVI Community Calendar - 2019 Summer Programs and Camps 
To learn more about the following events, please refer to the Google Calendar on the Michigan Parents of Children with Visual Impairments website at

  • June 8, 2019 VI Sports Day in Grand Rapids, MI at Wealthy Elementary. 
  • June 16-21, 2019 OUB Camp Cookin’ and Servin’ Camp Ages 10-19.
  • June 23-28, 2019 OUB Camp Cookin’ and Servin’ Camp Ages 7-14.
  • June 30- July 4, 2019 OUB Elementary Camp ages 7-12.
  • June 9, 2018 9am-3pm NFB-MI-Birding by Ear and Beyond Environmental Interpretive Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
  • DATE TBD Braille Beats Fine Arts Program @ Bear Lake Camp.
  • June 24-28, 2018 Goalball-Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Ages 8-16.
July 6, 2019-Lions Bear Lake Camp Open House- 12pm to 3:00pm Pre-registration, Lunch Provided.
July 7-13, 2019- Lions Bear Lake Camp, Level 1.
July 8-19, 2019 Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI) Summer Day Camp.  Ages 6 to 10. 
July 11-19, 2019 OUB Adventure Trip to Hocking Hills, Ohio. Ages 10-19.
July 21-27, 2019 Lions Bear Lake Camp, Level 2. 
July 22-28, 2019 Michigan Tandem Blind Bikers Ride at the Cedar Lake, MI, Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Campgrounds (ages 14 and older).
July 29-Aug. 9, 2019 Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI) Summer Day Camp.  Ages 11 to 14.

August 4-11, 2019 NFB Sense-sational Adventures in Summer Science.

Save The Date
September 21-22, 2019 - MPVI Fall Membership Retreat in Lansing.

Braille Beats Fine Arts Program - June 15-23, 2019

The BRAILLE BEATS FINE ARTS PROGRAM Summer Residential Intensive is an experiential arts and independent living program specially designed to meet the unique needs of blind and visually impaired children, youth and young adults.

The MUSIC program includes the following areas: Music History; musical styles and forms; Instrument Exploration and individual instrument support; Music Theory, Form & Analysis, Rhythm & Ear Training; Music Notation including Music Braille; Performance: Solo & Ensemble; Concert Prep; Voice: Individual, Ensemble and Choir; Keyboarding; Composition; Improv; and Scale Olympics. This year all students will also learn ukulele.  Activities include an interactive drum session, talent night, and  "instrument petting zoo“. The Music faculty are degreed musicians. 

ART focuses on experiencing a variety of media while having broad exposure to Art History, Styles and Forms as well as a concentration on the elements of design.

MOVEMENT sessions work on Spatial Orientation, Flexibility, Self-discipline and Relaxation Techniques.  All students participate in Yoga and learn the basics of 1-touch Self Defense System (designed for blind and visually impaired persons). Climbing Wall and ZIp-Line experience ends the week.

INDEPENDENCE:  Social Interaction, Navigation,  Life Skills (ex. organization, personal management skills, note taking, manners, personal responsibility, wellness care, etc.);  Technology Skills; Self determination skills; and Career Exploration are embedded throughout the program

NOTE:  Spaces are limited. Applications are required and available upon request:

CONTACT:  Email:  Please add BRAILLE BEATS to the subject line.

Michigan Hands & Voices(TM) - Meet & Greets - Save these Dates
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019 - Family Day at Camp Tuhsmeheta, 10500 Lincoln Lake Rd, Greenville, MI.
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - Traverse City Cherry Festival, Fun and Games for Special Kids, Open Space Park, Traverse City, MI.
  • Sunday, August 25, 2019 - Hands & Voices Annual Picnic at Rayner Park, 738 E Ash St., Mason, MI
Opportunities for you to have fun, meet other families that have Deaf or Hard of Hearing children, and to meet D/HH adults.

For more information and to sign up for the event, go to Event Brite page at or click to view the 2019 Meet-Greet Schedule

2019 Michigan Sports Education Camp for Youth with Visual Impairments on the campus of Western Michigan University
It is time to register for Sports Education Camp 2019 on the campus of Western Michigan University!

Sr. Camp (ages 13-18) is Wednesday, May 8 - Saturday, May 11, 2019 

We are doing things a little differently this year, so there are 2 options: 
1. Go to the website:, enter your student's information, and the registration packet will be mailed. 
2. Print the Registration Packet and Instructions from this email (attached). 

Also attached is an informational letter explaining the camp and its benefits for our students. 

This is a great camp for students because it not only teaches sports accommodations (Sports and Leisure), but it also encourages students to work on their Orientation & Mobility skills, Independent Living skills, and Social Skills, which are all areas of the ECC. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at: or 231-715-1732.  For more information, click on registration welcome letter for parentsregistration instructions without envelopes.docx, and Sports Camp 2019 Full Registration.docx

Helen Keller National Center - Summer 2019 Youth Programs
The Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) in Sands Point, New York, is excited about announcing its 2019 summer programs for youth who are deaf-blind, ages 16-25, focusing on the Pre ETS five core areas. Work based learning experiences, job exploration counseling, work place readiness, counseling on opportunities for enrollment in post-secondary education and self-advocacy are included. 

Summer Youth Vocational Program (SYVP) – a six week comprehensive vocational experience, with paid community work experiences, click on Summer Youth Vocational Program Flyer.pdf for more information.

M~POWER – My Pursuit of work, Empowerment & Resources – a three week program that encourages youth to explore vocational and educational interests to make informed choices, click on M-Power Flyer.pdf for more information.

Summer Assessment Program – an eight week informational and practical assessment program, which includes the PreETS five core areas, communication, technology, orientation & mobility, low vision, audiology, and creative arts/recreation. Click on Summer Assessment Program.pdf for more information.

Additionally, throughout the year, HKNC offers:

College Program – during school breaks, a program focusing on college readiness skills, ranging from the application process to choosing a college.  Click on College Program Flyer.pdf for more information.

Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience (DBIE) – a five day innovative assessment and training program for individuals who are deaf-blind and have intellectual disabilities.  Click on Deaf-blind Immersion Experience Flyer.pdf for more information.

For additional information and other program offerings at the Helen Keller National Center:, or to reach the HKNC regional representative in your state/region:

MDE - LIO Presents:  Assistive Technology Student Assessments - August 12-16, 2019

This summer, the Michigan Department of Education - Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO) will once again provide assistive technology (AT) assessments for students with a visual impairment. These assessments help pair students with AT solutions that meet their needs and enable them to complete tasks as independently as possible.

AT assessments should be part of an ongoing process with the student’s educational team. It is valuable for identifying devices, tools, and services that will help students improve their functional capabilities in achieving individualized education program (IEP) goals.

Dates:  August 12-16, 2019
By Appointment
Location:  Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI  48915
Request an Assessment:  To learn how to request an assessment and for more information, please visit

Deaf Celebration Day - Saturday, September 28, 2019

10 am - 5 pm
Southfield Civic Center Pavilion
26000 Evergreen Road
Southfield, MI
Admission: Free, east doors

Deaf C.A.N. and Southfield Parks & Recreation are hosting the 2019 Deaf Celebration Day.  There will be entertainment, children's arts and crafts, give-a-ways, over 45 exhibitors, friends, family time, and much more.  Receive a Program Book and learn about organizations in the community.  For more information contact, visit the Deaf C.A.N. website at, or view the Deaf Celebration Day 2019 Flyer.