Lego Braille Bricks Innovation For Blind Kids

Fun Braille Learning Game

Source:  LEGO Braille Bricks

Humanitarian Innovation
This is inspiring innovation.  The LEGO Braille Bricks Project.  Braille Bricks is a game, a play tool to help visually impaired and blind children learn braille, while having some fun, just playing a game. This is important because it's fun for kids and many visually impaired people are migrating to audiobooks, which don't include the full library of books that braille does for users.  As a journalist who donated many hours of narrating news and books for the blind, I think this is important news.

The Braille Bricks include all studs used in Braille.  It's still compatible with standard LEGO systems.  Each brick has a printed character or letter to let sighted members of the family and friends know what's happening and play with the visually impaired child.  This new LEGO will be available to select institutions in  2020.

Inspiration for This Innovation
This is the work of the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group working with blind associations globally.  The purpose is to develop visually impaired kids' breadth of skills.  The effort has been motivated by and with ideas from blind people around the world. It was just unveiled in Paris.  Associations from Denmark, Brazil, UK and Norway are part of this remarkable effort.


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