January Events

Michigan Ski for Light 2020

American Sign Language 10-Week Course

The Power of the Deaf-Blind Network: What's in it for you?

  • Wednesday, January 22 8PM - 9:30PM
  • Learn about how the various levels of support available for your family and how you can get involved at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Sam Morgan, the Co-Director of the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCBD) will be presenting on this webinar.
  • Register today.

Special Needs Trusts and Guardianships

  • Thursday, January 23 at 5:30PM
  • Sarah Ostahowski from Sarah's Law Firm will be presenting at the Winding Brook Conference Center (8240 S. Genuine Rd, Shepherd, MI)
  • Contact Kevin O'Brien at (989) 828-6077 to RSVP.
  • Dinner will be provided!

MDE-LIO Teaching Google Docs Using JAWS

  • Friday, January 24 8:15AM - 2:45PM in Lansing, MI
  • This workshop will teacher participants how to use Google Docs in Mozilla Firefox with Nonvisual Desktop Access (NVDA) and in the Google Chrome browser with the JAWS screen reader.
  • Check out the event page.

Orientation and Mobility and Independent Living Skills Winter Workshop and Swap

  • Friday January 31 to Saturday, February 1. Register by January 15th!
  • For O&M specialists, VI teachers, and paraprofessionals: learn techniques for teaching winter outdoor O&M skills, cooking skills, winter recreation techniques, and good hygiene practices.
  • Visit the event's website to learn more.

Fair Housing Training Event

  • The Michigan Department of Civil Rights Housing Unit and the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing will be partnering with local fair housing centers across the state to provide free fair housing training specifically for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities and the organizations which serve these communities.
  • Visit their website to view the dates and locations.

Michigan Alliance for Families - January Events!

February Events

Family Nature Club: Winter Snow Adventures

  • Event takes place February 1 and 2. Register by January 15. 
  • This one-day event will offer an opportunity for students who are Blind/Visually Impaired to practice winter orientation and mobility skills with visual impairment professionals.
  • View the Family Nature Club's event flyer, and visit the event page.

Beginner and Intermediate Online ASL Classes for School Personnel

  • Beginner ASL Class: Mondays 7 - 8PM from February 3 to March 23
  • Intermediate ASL Class: Wednesdays 7 - 8PM from February 5 to March 25
  • To learn more, visit the event page for the beginner class and/or the intermediate class.

Live With LIO: Orientation and Mobility

  • Tuesday, February 11 from 12 - 12:40PM
  • Join BVI Consultant Amanda English as she answers questions regarding orientation and mobility assessment tools and goal writing, adaptive physical education, and available resources and upcoming camps.
  • Visit the event page to learn more.

Challenge Mountain - February 15

  • Saturday, February 15 from 9:30AM - 3PM
  • Challenge Mountain is a fully adaptive ski hill between Boyne City and Petoskey dedicated to providing therapeutic recreation for youth with disabilities.
  • Ski equipment, instruction, and lunch expenses are covered by DB Central. Parents and siblings may ski free of charge as well.
  • View the Challenge Mountain flyer and fill out the registration form.

Michigan Regional Braille Challenge 2020

Learn Braille Online with MDE-LIO

Michigan Alliance for Families - February Events!

March Events

Refresh, Renew, Revisit: Michigan Assistive Technology Conference

Live With LIO: Parent and Family Summer Opportunities

  • Tuesday, March 10 from 12 - 12:40PM
  • Parents and family members are welcome to join MDE-LIO staff as they share informatin about summer activities to do at home as well as program opportunities.
  • Learn more on the event page.

Introduction to Neurological Visual Impairment

  • Friday, March 13 from 8:30 - 11:30 AM in Ann Arbor, MI
  • Neurological visual impairment (NVI) is the leading cause of visual impairment in developed countries. This presentation will discuss how NVI affects learning.
  • Visit the event page to learn more.

Literacy Accommodations for Students with Neurological Visual Impairment

  • Friday, March 13 from 12:30 - 3:30PM in Ann Arbor, MI
  • This half-day workshop is geared toward supporting literacy skills of studnets who have NVI.
  • Visit the event page to learn more.

Apple iOS Intermediate Workshop

  • March 18 to 20 from 9 - 11AM each day
  • This is the second part in a three-part online series of workshops on implementing Apple iOS accessibility features in the educational environment.
  • Learn more on the event page.

Family Matters! 2020

Family Nature Club: Forest Frenzy

  • March 21 to 22 at Camp Tuhsmeheta
  • This fun event willl feauture hikes, learning about forest animals anf their tracks, and examining animal pelts.
  • Visit the event page for more details.

April Events

Live With LIO: Neurological Visual Impairment

  • Tuesday, April 14 from 12 - 12:40PM
  • Join BVI Consultant Johanna Brutvan as she answers questions about providing classroom accommodations for students in Phase I, II, or III of cortical visual impairment.
  • Visit the event page to learn more.

High Expectations: Success for All Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • April 17 to 18 from 8:30AM - 3:45PM both days in Lansing, MI. Registration closes April 1.
  • A two-day conference for teacher consultants, speech-language pathologists, and educational audiologists working with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).
  • Visit the event page for more information.

Family Nature Club: Earth Explorations

  • April 18 to 19 at Camp Tuhsmeheta
  • Explore and appreciate the fascinating planet we call home. This weekend event will offer a visit from a traveling zoo as well as outdoor recreation activities, cooking, and a campfire.

May Events

Live With LIO: Assistive Technology

  • Tuesday, May 12 from 12 - 12:40PM
  • Join MDE-LIO staff to discuss and ask questions about assistive technology for students who are BVI.
  • Learn more by visiting the event page.

Family Nature Club: Gardening

  • Saturday, May 16
  • Get your hands dirty at this one-day event. Learn about gardening, recycling, and nutrition, and try your hand at juicing fruits and veggies!

June Events

Live With LIO: Q&A Session

  • Tuesday, June 9 from 12 - 12:40PM
  • Join MDE-LIO staff for an open question-and-answer session on topics specific to supporting students who are BVI or DHH.
  • For more information, visit the event page.

Adventure Camp: Wild Survivors

  • June 28-30
  • Participants ages 13-18 will engage in outdoor cooking, overnight camping, and hiking during this three-day, two-night camp.

Save the Date! - Midwest Transition Institute 2020

  • June 28 to July 1 in Mount Pleasant, MI
  • An event for young adults 16 years and older who are planning to attend college or work after high school.
  • Agenda and registration will be posted by February 2020.

July Events

A Blast from the Past

  • July 26-28
  • Participants ages 7-12 will step back in time while swimming, crafting, and hiking at Camp T.

August Events

Camp T Alumni Reunion Picnic

  • August 15
  • Are you a former camper or employee of Camp T? Don't miss out on the 2020 alumni picnic. Spend some time catching up with old friends while reminiscing.