Ongoing Events

Michigan Virtual Sports Education Camp for Athletes with Visual Impairments
  • Every other Friday starting May 21 through July 23, 6:00 pm (ET)
  • The Michigan Sports Education Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth team and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association have been hard at work to adapt the camp to a virtual setting!
  • This year they are offering a series of FREE 30-60 minute Zoom meetings where they will highlight a sport and its adaptations. 
  • This is open to all youth with blindness and low vision around the ages of 9-18, TVI's, O&M Specialists, and Teachers (general, special, and physical education). 
  • For more information, use this link to follow the Michigan Blind Athletic Association Facebook page!
  • Join the Sports Camp Zoom Meetings here!
Teen Meetups: Camp T's Club Connect
  • July 6 to August 10, 1 pm to 2 pm (ET) weekly
  • MDE-LIO is hosting an opportunity to connect with new and old friends in this FREE social club for teens. Each meetup will have a different theme, and teens will have an opportunity to play games, write poetry, share their talents, and participate in a variety of social activities. It will be a great time to connect throughout the summer!
  • Michigan teens entering grades 6-12 in fall of 2021 who are Blind or Visually Impaired are encouraged to sign up for this online summer series. 
  • Use this link to learn more and register for upcoming MDE-LIO events!
Beginner ASL for School Personnel - Summer 2021
  • July 7 to August 25, 7 pm to 8 pm (ET) weekly
  • MDE-LIO is hosting this eight-week online class for school personnel. The class will focus on American Sign Language (ASL), including signs for everyday use. 
  • This event is for school personnel who work in Michigan, have little or no ASL skills, and work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. 
  • Use this link to learn more and register for upcoming MDE-LIO events!
Beginning ASL Class: For Families with Children with Multidisabilities
  • July 8, 15, 29, August 5, 12, & 19 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (ET) 
  • DB Central is hosting this Beginning ASL Class for families with children with multidisabilities! 
  • Diana Campbell will be instructing this six-week class. Diana's work includes supporting students who are Deaf and Deafblind and working with their families. She feels fortunate to also work as a mentor to students enrolled in interpreter training programs (ITPS). 
  • To learn more about this class, view the following event flyer: Beginner ASL Class_Flyer.pdf
  • Use this link to register for this Beginning ASL Class!
Bureau of Services for Blind Persons Training Center (BSBPTC) Virtual Tours
  • Tours are available upon request. Tours are routinely scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (ET). The tour usually takes half an hour.
  • The BSBPTC is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is a residential training institute that assists persons who are legally blind increase their marketable skills through onsite technical training programs.
  • Due to current restrictions, tours are limited to virtual hours. 
  • Use this link to learn more about BSBPTC virtual tours!

June Events

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB) Camps - Discovery Camp (ages 7-14)
  • June 20-25
  • This camp will give campers an inside look at how the world works with fun science-based activities. Campers will participate in activities such as swimming, boating, games, arts and crafts, and more!
  • A day camp option will be available to campers who want to try camp life and activities but not spend the night.
  • Use this link to learn more and register for OUB Camps!
Webinar: Deafblindness and Real-Life Learning - PART 1
  • June 22, 11 am to 12:30 pm (ET)
  • Beth Kennedy has worked in the field of deafblindness for almost 30 years, holding positions with Perkins School for the Blind and the Florida DeafBlind Project before taking her current position as Project Director for the Michigan DeafBlind Project. 
  • In part one of this two-part webinar series, Beth will be presenting on the impact of deafblindness and the principles of intervention. Participants may register for one or both parts of this two-part webinar. 
  • Interpreters and CART will be provided.
  • For more information, view the following event flyer: Deafblindness and Real-Life Learning Webinar Flyer.pdf
  • Use this link to register for one or both parts of this two-part webinar!
Michigan Hands and Voices Event: Summer Explorers in White Lake
  • June 23, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (ET)
  • Michigan Hands & Voices is hosting this in-person event at Indian Springs Metropark in White Lake, MI! 
  • Explore the great outdoors on a guided nature hike with a naturalist! Participants will explore the trails and end at a pond to do a deep exploration of the plants and animals living there. Dress to get messy just in case!
  • Use this link to learn more and register for Michigan Hands & Voices events!
Michigan Hands and Voices Zoom Event: New to the Journey 
  • June 23, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)
  • Michigan Hands & Voices is hosting a FREE event for all parents experiencing the first year after their child has been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. Participants can chat, share, and learn from one another.
  • This group will be meeting through Zoom, and will be facilitated by a Parent Guide from the Guide by Your Side Program.
  • Use this link to learn more and register for Michigan Hands & Voices events!
Webinar: Deafblindness and Real-Life Learning - PART 2
  • June 24, 11 am to 12:30 pm (ET)
  • Beth Kennedy has worked in the field of deafblindness for almost 30 years, holding positions with Perkins School for the Blind and the Florida DeafBlind Project before taking her current position as Project Director for the Michigan DeafBlind Project. 
  • In part two of this two-part webinar series, Beth will be presenting on real-life learning strategies pertaining to schedules and experience books. Participants may register for one or both parts of this two-part webinar. 
  • Interpreters and CART will be provided. 
  • For more information, view the following event flyer: Deafblindness and Real-Life Learning Webinar Flyer.pdf
  • Use this link to register for one or both parts of this two-part webinar!
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB) Camps - Cookin' and Jammin' Camp (ages 7-14)
  • June 27 - July 2
  • This camp gives campers a beginning to intermediate experience in the world of food, and tons of fun listening to, playing, and creating music. A wide range of culinary and musical genres will be explored, and also all the usual fun of swimming, boating, hiking, and much more!
  • A day camp option will be available to campers who want to try camp life and activities but not spend the night.
  • Use this link to learn more and register for OUB Camps!
Week 2 Webinar: Post-Secondary Transition: Finding a Personal Life Path Starts with Interests
  • June 29, 11 am to 12:30 pm (ET)
  • David Wiley has provided training and consultation through the Texas DeafBlind Project for over 30 years, taking the lead on transition of students to adult life and interagency coordination. David will present on the importance of helping students identify and discover interests and preferences during the school years. 
  • Interpreters and CART will be provided. 
  • For more information, view the following event flyer: DB Central June 29 July 1 Webinar.pdf
  • Use this link to register for one or both of the week 2 webinars!

July Events

Michigan Hands and Voices Event: Summer Explorers in Farmington Hills

  • July 1, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm (ET)
  • Michigan Hands & Voices is hosting this in-person event at Heritage Park Nature Center in Farmington Hills, MI!
  • Explore the great outdoors at Heritage Park Nature Center and dive into learning about the animals native to Michigan. Participants will even have the opportunity to meet some in person! Dress to get messy, just in case!
  • Use this link to learn more and register for Michigan Hands & Voices events!
Week 2 Webinar: Person-Centered Planning
  • July 1, 11 am to 12:30 pm (ET)
  • Nancy Salem-Hartshorne, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Delta College and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Nancy has authored numerous articles and book chapters about developmental outcomes for individuals with CHARGE Syndrome. Nancy will present on the differences between Individualized Education Plans and Person-Centered Plans and the purpose of each type of plan. 
  • Interpreters and CART will be provided. 
  • For more information, view the following event flyer: DB Central June 29 July 1 Webinar.pdf
  • Use this link to register for one or both of the week 2 webinars!

Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB) Camps - Family Day Camp

  • July 2, 10 am to 3 pm (ET)
  • This year OUB is offering a FREE FAMILY DAY for parents and friends to experience camp with their child. All campers and their family are invited; please use the regular registration form for family attendance. 
  • Your child does not have to be attending Cookin' and Jammin' Camp for your family to participate. NO fee to participate and includes a free lunch!
  • Use this link to learn more and register for OUB Camps!

Zooming Through Transition- 2021 Midwest Transition Institute for Youth who are Deafblind

  • July 6,13,20, and 27, 4pm to 5:30pm (CST)
  • The Iowa and Nebraska Deafblind Projects are hosting the annual Midwest Transition Institute along with eight other State DeafBlind Projects.
  • Each Session will cover an area of transition and will be engaging and meaningful to both parent and child. Parents and children will leave the institute with action plan steps towards transition.
    ● July 6, 2021: Kick-Off with Robbin Keating Clark: Creating a path toward independence.
    ● July 13,2021: Incorporating my wants, dreams, and desires in transition planning.
    ● July 20, 2021: Self Advocacy
    ● July 27, 2021: Closing with Robbin Keating Clark: Bring it all together!

Holley Institute Summer Program: Teen Week

  • July 7-10
  • The Holley Institute will have summer programs for D/HH children and families in person this year. Teen Week is a mixed educational and recreational four-day summer program for deaf and hard of hearing middle school and high school students. The students will experience a great opportunity to get out of their usual routine. 
  • During Teen Week, they will learn, grow, make friends, and have eye-opening new experiences. This program builds students' confidence, independence, and resilience while providing fun sports, outdoor activities, and leadership team-building activities.
  • Use this link to learn more about Holley Institute Summer Programs!
  • Use this link to register for Holley Institute Summer Programs!
Holley Institute Summer Program: Family Week 1 (ages 0-8)
Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB) Camps - Adventure Trip 2021 (ages 10-19)
  • July 14-23
  • Campers will be travelling to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit the Tahquamenon Falls area. Tahquamenon features the famous upper and lower falls and provides miles of hiking trails through Cedar Forest. More adventures await in the surrounding areas as we visit Sault St. Marie to see the Soo Locks and stop in St. Ignace near the Mackinaw Bridge! 
  • Some younger campers may be accepted by permission of the Camp Director.
  • Use this link to learn more and register for OUB Camps!
The "Show Must CHARGE Online"- Annual CHARGE Syndrome Conference
  • July 16-18
  • In lieu of our in person conference this summer, we will hold a virtual symposium. The “Show Must CHARGE ONline”. We will offer both live and prerecorded sessions that will interest families of individuals with CHARGE of all ages and professionals. We will also host special evening events so families can join together virtually as a CHARGE community.
  • Click here to learn more and register for the Annual CHARGE Syndrome Conference
Holley Institute Summer Program: Family Week 2 (ages 8-16)
DHH Summer Transition Workshop
  • July 21, 8:30 am to 12 pm (ET)
  • MDE-LIO is hosting this online workshop for teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)! Participants will learn about applying for jobs, as well as tips for expressing their needs, setting goals, and asking for support. 
  • A panel of adults who are DHH will share their real-world experiences and how they overcame their own challenges. 
  • This program is for students in Michigan who are ages 14-16 and are DHH. 
  • Use this link to learn more and register for upcoming MDE-LIO events!

Michigan Hands and Voices Event: Summer Explorers in Midland

  • July 21, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (ET)
  • Michigan Hands & Voices is hosting this in-person event at Midland Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI!
  • Come explore the animals living in our freshwater ponds! Participants will go pond dipping with nets and investigate the interesting creatures we find. Dress to get messy, just in case!
  • Use this link to learn more and register for Michigan Hands & Voices events!

August Events

BVI Summer Family Challenge
  • August 10, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)
  • MDE-LIO is hosting this at-home and online opportunity to get outside this summer! Spending time outdoors helps you improve your physical and mental health, build relationships, and develop thinking skills.
  • This program is for families of school-aged children in Michigan who are Blind or Visually Impaired. Kits for this activity will be mailed out June 25, and families will have the month of July to participate in outdoor activities. An online campfire celebration will be held August 10 to wrap up the event. 
  • Use this link to learn more and register for upcoming MDE-LIO events!
DHH Summer Family Challenge
  • August 11, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)
  • MDE-LIO is hosting this at-home and online opportunity to get outside this summer! Spending time outdoors helps you improve your physical and mental health, build relationships, and develop thinking skills.
  • This program is for families of school-aged children in Michigan who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Kits for this activity will be mailed out June 25, and families will have the month of July to participate in outdoor activities. An online campfire celebration will be held August 10 to wrap up the event. 
  • Use this link to learn more and register for upcoming MDE-LIO events!
Michigan Hands and Voices Event: EAST Side Summer Picnic
Michigan Hands and Voices Event: WEST Side Summer Picnic