About LEGO® Braille Bricks
How LEGO® bricks help visually impaired students learning braille
The LEGO® Braille Bricks concept is a play-based methodology that teaches braille to children who are blind or have a visual impairment.
Each brick in the LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkit retains its iconic form, but unlike a regular LEGO® brick, the studs are arranged to correspond to numbers and letters in the Braille alphabet. Each brick shows the printed version of the symbol or letter, allowing sighted and blind children to play and learn together on equal terms. This ingenious combination of features opens up a whole new world of playful learning that teaches children Braille in an enjoyable and tactile environment.
With thousands of audio books and computer programs on the market today, fewer young people are learning Braille. Yet, individuals with blindness or impaired vision all over the world rely on Braille to work, study and enjoy their daily lives to the fullest. This simplistic but highly practical educational tool will teach a range of skills needed to thrive.
The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group are behind this pioneering project that will help children with blindness or visual impairment learning Braille in a playful and engaging way using moderated LEGO bricks. We have teamed up with blind associations to develop, test and launch the concept known as LEGO® Braille Bricks. We offer a range of activities and materials that supports professionals using the brick kit when teaching braille.
The LEGO® Braille Bricks will be offered to select institutions, schools and services catering to the education of blind and visually impaired children. Toolkits will only be available to professionals teaching braille associated with or operating such schools, institutions, education centers, etc.
The project is entirely non-for-profit for all parties involved. Distribution will be handled through participating partner networks. Please refer to the official partner list in the countries where we launch.
About the LEGO Foundation
The LEGO Foundation aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow; a mission that it shares with the LEGO Group. The LEGO Foundation is dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners. Our work is about re-defining play and re-imagining learning. In collaboration with thought leaders, influencers, educators and parents, the LEGO Foundation aims to equip, inspire and activate champions for play.
For more information: https://learningthroughplay.com
The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.
The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words LEg GOdt, which means “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. However, its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.
For more information: https://www.LEGO.com