Visually impaired Brit reacts to LEGO Braille Bricks

LEGO Braille Bricks are starting to be rolled out in the UK, and a school pupil has given her verdict on using the new tool.

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.

Ballakermeen High School, on the Isle of Man, is one of the first schools to participate in the scheme, Manx Radio reports.

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.

LEGO Braille Bricks

“They’re really cool. It feels like a really creative way of working on ideas and I love the feel of them. It feels like more fun than using the standard Braille that I use most of the time,” said Evie Roberts, an 11 year old student with a visual impairment.”

“The most impactful and long-lasting learning occurs when children are engaged in activities they enjoy and Evie has given it a glowing review,” said Jonathan Roe, Head of the Government’s Visual Support Service.

“As well as students at Ballakermeen, the kits will be used to introduce other young children to Braille on the Island and I’m confident it will be a fantastic resource to help with reading and writing.”

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