Lego to promote bricks coded with braille to assist vision-impaired kids learn | Lego


Lego is to start promoting bricks coded with braille to assist blind and partially sighted kids be taught to learn the touch-based alphabet.

The Danish toymaker has been offering the specialist bricks, which had been examined and developed in partnership with blind organisations all over the world, freed from cost to a number of faculties and providers catering for vision-impaired kids since 2020.

From subsequent month, buyers will be capable to purchase packs of the bricks, which have studs similar to the braille model of numbers and letters with a printed model of the image or letter under, to make use of at dwelling.

Lego hopes the initiative will assist dad and mom and siblings share in studying braille, and the packs will embody concepts for a spread of instructional video games that households can play collectively.

Whereas some view braille as old style, given trendy expertise that may flip written textual content into spoken phrase, blind adults say they like the liberty to multitask by studying with their fingers whereas listening to different issues.

The European Blind Union (EBU) says data of braille results in improved spelling, studying and writing, contributing to increased ranges of schooling and higher employment alternatives for individuals who are imaginative and prescient impaired.

Dave Williams, an inclusive design ambassador for the RNIB, which acts for blind and partially sighted individuals, mentioned data of braille helped give those that couldn’t learn print independence.

“Who would desire a greetings card learn to you? And there are issues like board video games, labels and with the ability to learn your children a bedtime story – that’s laborious to do with a pc speaking in your ear,” he mentioned.

Williams mentioned software program may now convert textual content from laptops and smartphones into the right braille code through raised pins.

He mentioned studying braille through Lego made the method much less gradual and boring, whereas utilizing a toy “that everyone recognises means it doesn’t really feel bizarre. It breaks down limitations.”

Lisa Taylor, mum to seven-year-old Olivia, mentioned: “Olivia first found Lego braille bricks at college they usually had such a big effect on her curiosity for braille. Earlier than then, she discovered it laborious to get began with the symbols however now she’s enhancing on a regular basis.”

Olivia, who misplaced her sight on account of a mind tumour on the age of 17 months, mentioned: “I can play with my sister. I like writing, constructing and enjoying video games.”

Taylor mentioned the bricks had been straightforward to make use of and Olivia’s grandmother was now beginning to be taught braille alongside Taylor herself, her husband and their four-year-old sighted daughter, Imogen.

The household, who stay in south-east London, are capable of go away one another braille “notes” utilizing bricks laid out on Lego boards with out having to resort to the extra clunky braille writing machine they at present borrow from faculty, they usually can assist Olivia along with her homework extra simply.

“To have a set at dwelling adjustments every thing. We will play with braille collectively as a household and she will be able to introduce braille to her little sister in a manner they each love. Lego braille bricks are accessible for her with out being actually totally different for different children, so she will get to play and be taught similar to each different little one,” Taylor mentioned.

The packs geared toward kids aged six and over shall be available for purchase in six English-speaking international locations together with the UK, Eire, the US and Australia, and 5 French-speaking international locations together with Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. Italian, German and Spanish variations are anticipated to launch subsequent yr.

Every pack, which is able to price £79.99 within the UK and be bought on-line, contains 287 bricks in 5 colors – white, yellow, inexperienced, purple and blue. All bricks are totally suitable with different Lego equipment.

Lego says the transfer is a part of efforts to make its merchandise extra inclusive.

Rasmus Løgstrup, the Lego Group lead designer on braille bricks, mentioned the corporate had been “inundated with 1000’s of requests to make [the bricks] extra broadly out there”.

He mentioned: “We all know it is a sturdy platform for social inclusion and might’t wait to see households get inventive and have enjoyable enjoying with braille collectively.”

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