Lego Braille Bricks put the alphabet at blind youngsters’ fingertips



Lego Braille Bricks can be utilized by each visually impaired and sighted individuals.


Lego followers have at all times identified the colourful plastic bricks are extra than simply toys. They’re worlds ready to be created. Lego is now increasing its universe much more with a brand new mission, Lego Braille Bricks.

The personalized bricks are molded with studs that correspond to letters and numbers in Braille, however are additionally totally appropriate with common Lego items. Lego hopes to encourage blind and visually impaired youngsters to study the studying system via interactive video games and play.

The Braille Bricks kits include round 250 items overlaying the complete alphabet, plus numbers and math symbols. “To make sure the software is inclusive permitting sighted academics, college students and members of the family to work together on equal phrases, every brick will even function a printed letter or character,” Lego mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.

It has been a very long time coming. The Danish Affiliation of the Blind first proposed the thought to the Lego Basis in 2011. Brazil’s Dorina Nowill Basis for the Blind introduced it up once more in 2017. The Lego Basis is a Lego-associated group “devoted to redefining play and reimagining studying.”

Braille codes can differ between nations. Braille Bricks prototypes at the moment are being examined in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese. German, Spanish and French are coming later this yr. 

Morten Bonde, senior artwork director for Lego Group, labored on the mission. He is going blind attributable to a genetic situation. 

“Experiencing reactions from each college students and academics to Lego Braille Bricks has been massively inspirational and jogged my memory that the one limitations I’ll meet in life are these I create in my thoughts,” Bonde mentioned. 

The Lego Braille kits are set to launch extra extensively in 2020. Lego mentioned they “might be distributed freed from cost to pick establishments via taking part associate networks within the markets the place testing is being carried out.”  


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