LEGO is launching Braille Bricks, a new method of play designed to help children with vision impairment develop new skills and learn the Braille writing system.
After a successful pilot scheme launched in April 2019, LEGO Braille Bricks have now launched in seven countries, partnering with sight loss organizations in Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, UK and the USA.
LEGO plans to account for “eleven languages across twenty countries” by early 2021 and has prepared a website full of suggested activities for how children and educators can use LEGO Braille Bricks to learn the writing system.
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Each toolkit will have “300+ LEGO Braille Bricks covering the full alphabet in the chosen language, numbers 0-9, and select mathematical symbols and punctuation marks.” The famous LEGO studs have been moulded so that they correspond to the Braille alphabet, with the appropriate letters and symbols marked on the bricks so that they can be used in collaboration with sighted players as well.
LEGO Braille Bricks toolkits will be distributed for free to “select institutions, schools and services catering to the education of children with visual impairment” as they roll out around the world in the coming months.
In other LEGO news, here’s every IGN LEGO game review for those of you keen to dig into one of the brick-based titles. The latest in the series is LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, which recently received an October release date.
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Source: IGN Video Games All