LEGO Braille Bricks to be rolled out from 2021

The LEGO Foundation will distribute the first Braille Bricks in 2021.

Last year, the LEGO Group announced Braille Bricks. Through the LEGO Foundation, the charitable arm of the brand, Braille Bricks are being developed to help blind children learn to read braille.

The bricks were expected to be distributed to the first blind children this year, but it seems that there has been a delay. Given that this is a new initiative with a lot of test phases, the timeline has been flexible throughout.

Here is the latest update from the LEGO Foundation:

Thank you so much for reaching out about the Braille Bricks initiative that is being driven by the LEGO Foundation. We are still in the process of securing national partners for our select pilot markets. In 2021 the Braille Bricks and curriculum will begin to be distributed to schools and educators working with children who are blind. We are thrilled to see excitement from the AFOL community on Braille Bricks and how the AFOL community supports our ambition of learning through play for all.

HighRes Braille Bricks adult and child 1

“With thousands of audiobooks and computer programs now available, fewer kids are learning to read Braille,” explained Philippe Chazal, Treasurer of the European Blind Union, when the scheme was announced. “This is particularly critical when we know that Braille users often are more independent, have a higher level of education and better employment opportunities.

“We strongly believe LEGO Braille Bricks can help boost the level of interest in learning Braille, so we’re thrilled that the LEGO Foundation is making it possible to further this concept and bring it to children around the world.”

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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