LEGO Braille Bricks to be trialled in China

The LEGO Foundation’s Braille Bricks project is coming to China, testing the special elements with children who have a vision impairment.

The LEGO Group recently announced a huge sustainability push, today revealing that the company, along with the LEGO Foundation, will work with China Braille Press, an affiliated agency to China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF). The collaborators will be testing out LEGO Braille Bricks with children who have a vision impairment.

Four blind schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taian will be testing the bricks. It is the first time that the LEGO braille bricks toolkit is prototyped outside Latin-based languages – rolling out the bricks globally is a huge challenge due to the differences in language.

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So far, Braille Bricks have launched in six Latin-based languages and the LEGO Foundation aims to implement a further five by early 2021.

 “We are very excited to kick off the testing of LEGO Braille Bricks with local partners in China,” says Stine Storm, Senior Play & Health Specialist at the LEGO Foundation. “We believe blind children should have equal access to learning through play opportunities, just like sighted children. Through inclusion, they will have the chance to learna breadth of key skills such as communication, collaboration, joint problem-solving, etc. ”

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