We say that in retrospect of course, this new pilot programme from The LEGO Foundation has them launching a new line of bricks to help blind and visually impaired children learn to read Braille. The LEGO Braille Bricks product is aiming to be inclusive, meaning that sighted teachers and students can use the bricks together with visually impaired children. Each brick in the set will represent a different Braille letter or number, and are designed to be used by all children. The bricks will also feature printed characters to allow sighted people to read them.
The new bricks are indeed compatible with regular LEGO bricks and each set will have 250 bricks featuring the Braille alphabet. These LEGO Braille bricks are being tested in Danish, Norwegian, English and Portuguese, with German, Spanish and French to follow later this year. The plan is for LEGO to make the bricks widely available from 2020.
“Blind and visually impaired children have dreams and aspirations for their future just as sighted children,” said John Goodwin, CEO of The LEGO Foundation. “They have the same desire and need to explore the world and socialise through play, but often face involuntary isolation as a consequence of exclusion from activities. “I hope children, parents, caregivers, teachers and practitioners worldwide will be as excited as we are, and we can’t wait to see the positive impact.”