LEGO Braille Bricks: Helping disabled children with smart design
LEGO Braille bricks are special bricks designed with a special stud arrangement that reflects the letters and numbers of the Braille alphabet. This is a special project by the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation to teach critical thinking, as well as the Braille alphabet, to visually impaired children. The aim is to offer blind or nearsighted children a fun way to learn to read and write through play. The project stems from the values of inclusion and collaboration.
Braille bricks are compatible with regular LEGO bricks, despite missing studs. In addition, the corresponding letters, numbers and symbols printed on it allow visually impaired and visually impaired children to play together in a collaborative and inclusive manner. Braille bricks come with a specific educational concept to teach children pre-braille and braille activities through brick games.
After a successful two-year test phase in collaboration with blind communities in Denmark, Brazil, UK, Norway, Germany, France and USA, LEGO is now ready to expand the project to more from countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Lego bricks are distributed through local partners in kits comprising over 300 LEGO Braille bricks covering the full alphabet in your chosen language, numbers 0-9, and a selection of math symbols and punctuation marks.