LEGO Braille Bricks arrive in the UK

The Royal National Institute of Blind People and the LEGO Foundation are collaborating to bring Braille Bricks to children with a vision impairment across the UK.

Now that the LEGO Foundation’s special braille bricks are being rolled out around the world, local schemes are being announced. In the UK, The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is delivering the sets of bricks to children with a vision impairment.

Announced in 2019, LEGO Braille Bricks offer a tactile way for children to learn braille. Each 2×4 brick has studs removed, so that they represent letters and numbers from the Braille alphabet.

RNIB helped to develop and test the pieces, with the organisation now distributing them to children with a vision impairment via schools. In addition, teachers and support staff have been provided with training to use the bricks in a way that teaches Braille playfully.

LEGO Braille Bricks

“We are excited to bring the LEGO Braille Brick toolkits to UK classrooms to help children learn how to read and write braille in a fun and engaging way,” says David Clarke, RNIB Director of Services. “Braille is an important tool and these inclusive toolkits will make a real difference to children with vision impairment, allowing them to play and interact with their sighted classmates.”

“We are thrilled to launch the first wave of the LEGO Braille Bricks program and get the toolkits into the hands of children. With LEGO Braille Bricks, students and educators can tailor their activities in countless different ways to meet their needs and learning goals in a fun and inclusive manner. The possibilities for learning through play are endless, and we look forward to seeing how LEGO Braille Bricks can inspire children of all ages along their journey to learn braille,” says Stine Storm, Senior Play & Health Specialist at the LEGO Foundation.

The LEGO Braille Bricks are not available to purchase, but can be requested by local sensory services.

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