Lastly, after 4 years of testing and growing, LEGO is promoting braille bricks that use the bumps on their iconic bricks to show the Braille alphabet—and these aren’t just for blind folks.
Alongside the Braille bumps on every brick is printed the letters and numbers so that everybody can play whereas studying a brand new language, together with the sighted. The brand new ‘Play with Braille’ set makes studying braille extra enjoyable and accessible to everybody.
LEGO Braille Bricks are moulded with the identical variety of studs used for particular person letters and numbers within the Braille alphabet, whereas remaining totally suitable with each LEGO system.
“For blind and partially sighted kids, and adults for that matter, it makes all of the distinction if they will share their journey of studying braille with the folks they love essentially the most,” stated Martine Abel-Williamson, President, World Blind Union.
“For the blind group, braille isn’t just literacy, it’s our entry to independence and inclusion into this world, and to have LEGO Braille Bricks made out there for the broader public is a large step ahead to making sure extra kids will need to study braille within the first place.”
Till now, LEGO Braille Bricks have solely been distributed freed from cost by the LEGO Basis to organizations specializing within the schooling of youngsters with imaginative and prescient impairment.
Lisa Taylor, mom of two daughters 7 and 4, says Olivia (pictured under, left) first found LEGO braille bricks at college.
“That they had such a huge impact on her curiosity for braille. Earlier than then, she discovered it laborious to get began with the symbols. We will now play with braille collectively as a household and she will be able to introduce braille to her little sister in a method they each love.
“Braille bricks are accessible for her with out being actually completely different for different children, so she will get to play and study similar to each different youngster.”
The brand new set, geared toward children aged 6+, consists of 287 bricks in 5 colours with two baseplates for constructing upon. Priced at $89.99 (79.99 GBP), the set can solely be bought on-line at LEGO.com and is available in a field with braille embossing.
All bricks are totally suitable with different LEGO merchandise and the studs on every brick are organized to correspond to the numbers and letters within the braille system. Under the bumps, the printed model of the image or letter seems.
To get households began, a collection of play starters can be found on the web site that can train gamers learn how to orient, connect, and stack the bricks utilizing well-loved video games similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors.
The LEGO Group has additionally partnered with the free cellular app Be My Eyes. The favored app connects blind and partially sighted folks with corporations to assist with on a regular basis duties via a stay video name. As a part of the partnership, LEGO Buyer Service colleagues will present confidential, stay visible help via the app masking basic product help.
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