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Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Michigan Department of Education Low Incidence Outreach
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
PO Box 30742
Lansing, MI 48909-8242
(517) 373-2887 (Local)
(517) 335-1632 (Fax)
msdb-outreach@michigan.gov
https://mdelio.org/

Brief Description

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.
Number of staff: 11
Geographic area served: Michigan.

Staff

Colette Bauman, Supervisor, baumanc@michigan.gov

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • Offers on-demand regional braille classes for teachers and parents.
  • Library Services
    • Maintains a collection of materials--books, videos, assistive technology, kits, models--specific to the education of children with visual impairment.

Services for Children

  • Assessment
    • Outreach assessment services are available to students in Michigan. These include:
      • Learning Media Assessment
      • Functional Vision Assessment
      • Assistive Technology Assessment
      • Orientation and Mobility Evaluations
  • Braille and Reading Instruction
    • On-demand braille classes are offered in a 6- or 16-week course for teachers, (general education), paraprofessionals and parents or family members who are involved with children who are braille readers. The class is designed to enhance or develop knowledge and skills of the literary braille code. This course would also be useful to adults and/or college students who are supporting students in utilizing their braille skills. This class is designed for anyone who has no knowledge (or very little knowledge) of the literary braille code and would like to learn the code or brush up on their skills. Benefits of the class are:
      • A resource file that consists of helpful web sites, addresses, and phone numbers of catalogs that sell braille items, braille code sheets, Nemeth reference sheets, etc.
      • Braille handouts
      • A project that will assist you in your endeavor to continue to provide support to braille readers.
      • A certificate stating that you have successfully completed the braille course (16 week course).
      A minimum of 5 people need to register for classes in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties. In all other areas of the state there is a minimum requirement of 3 people to register for the class.

      Nationally known speakers have presented on the topic of braille literacy in order to enhance the knowledge base for professionals and families in Michigan.

      For more information, contact us by e-mail at msdb-outreach@michigan.gov, phone (888) 760-2206 or fax (517) 335-1632.
  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Collaborative efforts are ongoing with many groups and agencies in Michigan.
      • DB/Central (DeafBlind)
      • Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB)
      • Office of Educational Assessments and Accountability
      • Office of Special Education
      • Leader Dogs for the Blind
      • Michigan Integrated Technology Supports (MITS)
      • Michigan Parents of the Visually Impaired (MPVI)
      • Parents of Blind Children (POBC)
      • Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind (OUB)
      • Local education agencies and intermediate school districts statewide
      • Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired (GDABVI)
  • Computer Training/Assistive Technology
    • Regional Technology Classes
      • JAWS and Word Processing
        This is a course for VI and general education teachers, paraprofessionals and parents who are planning to teach a student with a visual impairment to use JAWS with a word processor (especially Microsoft Word). This course will also be useful for adults who are supporting students who are utilizing computers in classroom work.

        This course has two primary purposes.
        1. To teach you the basics of using Jaws with a word processor.
        2. To give you tools that will support you in teaching students.

        This class is 1 ½ days in length. Your class can either take the entire class on back-to-back days or you may choose to finish the final ½ day about a week following the first session (full day).


      • Intermediate - Teaching JAWS and Word Processing
        This is the intermediate course for VI and general education teachers, paraprofessionals, university students and parents who are planning to teach a student with a visual impairment to use JAWS with a word processor (especially Microsoft Word). This intermediate course will also be useful for adults who are supporting students who are utilizing computers in classroom work.

        This intermediate course has two primary purposes.
        1. To teach you intermediate navigational skills using Jaws with a word processor.
        2. To give you tools that will support you in teaching students.

        This intermediate class is 1 ½ days in length. You can either take the entire class on back-to-back days or you may choose to finish the final ½ day about a week following the first session (full day).


      • Teaching Internet Explorer Using JAWS for Teachers and Parents
        This is a course for VI and general education teachers, paraprofessionals, university students, and parents who are planning to teach a student with a visual impairment to use JAWS with Internet Explorer. This course will also be useful for adults who are supporting students who are utilizing the Internet in classroom work.

        This workshop has three primary purposes.
        1. To provide an overview of using JAWS with a word processor.
        2. To provide instruction on how to use Internet Explorer with Jaws and transfer the skills to students.
        3. To provide tools to assist in teaching Internet Explorer using JAWS to students. A curriculum specifically designed to teach Internet Explorer using Jaws for Windows will be provided. At the end of this class you will have the materials to teach the twelve lessons in the curriculum.

        This class is 1 ½ days or approximately 10 hours in length. You can either take the entire class on back-to-back days or you may choose to finish the final ½ day about a week following the first session.


      • BrailleNote Workshop Training for Teachers and Parents
        This workshop is for VI teachers, paraprofessionals and parents who are involved with students who are BrailleNote or VoiceNote users, and would like to enhance or develop their knowledge and skills of the BrailleNote.

        This workshop would also be useful for adults and/or college students who are supporting students who are utilizing the BrailleNote in classroom work.

        This workshop is designed for anyone who has no knowledge (or very little knowledge) of the BrailleNote and would like to learn how to teach this device to students and/or brush up on their skills.

        This workshop has three primary purposes.
        1. To teach you the basics of the BrailleNote so that in turn you will be able to instruct your students. Skills would include:
        Web Braille
        - accessing the Internet
        - accessing the media player and media recorder
        - using the bookreader
        - setting up appointments and using the address book.
        (A more advanced workshop will be developed specifically for those students who are ready to learn advanced skills about the BrailleNote)
        2. To develop and/or enhance your knowledge and skills of the BrailleNote.
        3. To provide you with tools that will support you in teaching students the BrailleNote (or VoiceNote).

        This workshop is 2 days in length. Your workshop can either be two consecutive days back-to-back, or you may wish to take the final day about a week following the first session. Once you complete any technology class/workshop you will be added to a listserv. This listserv will be a format to share successes and challenges with others who have taken the specific technology class. Instructors of this class will also monitor the listserv and provide answers and tips to questions posted. Only people who have completed these classes will be added to the listservs.

      For more information, contact msdb-outreach@michigan.gov or call (888)760-2206. Teaching Word 2010 Using JAWS for Windows Class This class will cover a variety of topics, including Office 2010 layout and structure, the file tab and backstage view, the Ribbon, the Access Keys, the Quick Access Toolbar, editing, formatting and more! Our on-demand classes will provide participants with a wealth of knowledge and skills that would assist them in increasing students' academic achievement. MDE-LIO contracts with a group of instructors who have skills and expertise in teaching the Word 2010 Using JAWS course. These instructors include: Cathy McAdam, Scott Norris, Sharon Reigle, John Whitacre, Mike Whitacre and Peter Zaremba. Our regional on-demand technology classes are taught around the state and SB-CEU's are available. For more information about this course or to sign up for it, please visit the MDE-LIO website at: http://www.mde-lio.cenmi.org.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • MDE-LIO partners with Intermediate School Districts in order to assist in addressing the unique need of providing independent living skills to students with a visual impairment. A partnership in program development, implementation and documentation of skills will heighten awareness and augment skill development for students with a visual impairment.

      The goal is to develop a program designed to meet broad and individual needs for now and in the future. It will be a comprehensive approach to providing instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum for Students with a Visual Impairment in the area of independent living skills.

      The ILS Team from MDE-LIO comprised of MDE staff, educators, parents and consumers from around the state will be the lead in providing the technical assistance. The impetus is to create a collaborative team process with the parents and local educators in order for them to continue the process in their area for many years to come. We are excited about our partnerships with parents and their local districts and look forward to expanding the program in the future.

      For information regarding the program contact: Collette Bauman at baumanc@michigan.gov or (888)760-2206.
  • Education Services
    • Service provision is accomplished by an outreach model in Michigan. Regional classes/workshops are provided in the following expanded core curriculum: Braille, Independent Living Skills and Technology. In addition, conferences focusing on core curriculum and expanded core curriculum are scheduled on an annual basis in Michigan.
  • Information and Referral
    • General and specific information is available and offered through our website, helpline and newsletter communication.

      Website: http://mde-lio.cenmi.org/Home.aspx

      Helpline:
      (888) 760-2206 (Toll free)
      (517) 241-2903 (Direct)
  • Support for Parents
    • A variety of trainings and workshops for parents, teachers, supervisors, university students and professionals in the field are hosted on a yearly basis.
      • Regional technology workshops
      • Regional ILS trainings/retreats
      • Regional Braille classes
      • Helpline
      • Referrals to agencies and services
      All of our current offerings can be located on our website at http://mde-lio.cenmi.org/Events.aspx.
  • Travel/Orientation and Mobility
    • Provides O&M instruction.

Services for Professionals

  • Consultation/Technical Program Assistance
    • Provides consultation to students on request. Holds workshops to train teacher consultants, parents, and professionals.
  • Professional Training
    • Offers workshops to teacher consultants, professionals, and parents.
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