Everyone has experienced the joy of playing with LEGO. Now, even more children will get to share in this joy as the toy manufacturer launches their grassroots project: Braille Bricks.
An exciting initiative from the brains behind The LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group, the Braille Bricks will work to help visually impaired children learn Braille.
Moulded with the same number of studs used for individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet, the concept was initially introduced back in 2011.
The Danish Association of the Blind first proposed Braille Bricks to the LEGO Foundation with the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind – based in Brazil – re-calling the concept in 2017.
And the people at LEGO also have a personal connection to the Braille Bricks.
LEGO’s art director, Morten Bonde, lives with a genetic eye condition that is gradually impairing his vision and causing increased sight loss. Determined to ensure the bricks were beneficial for the wider visually impaired community, Bonde was a consultant on the project.
Monde said: “Experiencing reactions from both students and teachers to Braille Bricks has been hugely inspirational and reminded me that the only limitations I will meet in life are those I create in my mind.
“The children’s level of engagement and their interest in being independent and included on equal terms in society is so evident. ‘I am moved to see the impact this product has on developing blind and visually impaired children’s academic confidence and curiosity already in its infant days.”
Braille Bricks will receive feedback from young people and schools will be taken into consideration to further improve the product.
Steve Tyler, director of transformation and technology at Leonard Cheshire, has been blind since childhood. From his experiences he was also involved in the creative process of the bricks.
He enthuses: “We at Leonard Cheshire support the entire proposition. The idea that an organisation like LEGO is taking this seriously and genuinely delivering what will be millions of Euros worth of investment is an astonishing thing.”