LEGO has created special bricks which are engraved with corresponding letters and numbers in braille to help sightless children.
With the new technological advancement, people have been trying their best to make visually impaired kids' life a little easier. Keeping this approach in mind the well-known construction-toy company announced its latest product that is specially designed for them. In their latest press release on Wednesday, they introduced their Braille Bricks which is described as "a fun and playful way to learn Braille" on their official website. This is a total game changer that is sure to change the learning system for unsighted children.
Their latest product is sure to be one of the most revolutionary additions to their already huge playing kits. Playing is indeed the most fundamental part of a child's growth and these braille-dotted blocks and the next best thing for them. Every block is carefully engraved with number and letters which can be placed on the LEGO board. In doing so, kids can learn basic math and as well as commence the process of reading.
"It's like you're touching a language"— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) April 24, 2019
Lego has developed 'Braille bricks' for children with sight loss.
We went to meet pupils at one specialist school trying them out: https://t.co/fEoFSNUQx3 pic.twitter.com/O2FwjeBGPo
Apart from the engraved tactile reading system, the bricks will also have a regular number and letter order printed on it. This feature is added to benefit sighted children in order to play with the visually impaired ones. It's always fun to learn together and that's exactly the thing they kept in mind while designing these blocks. Luckily each of these braille bricks is compatible with the regular LEGO building blocks! Yes, you heard us right!
According to the company, each set would be comprised of 250 blocks, in their classic five bright colors. If you are out of ideas to help your kid play with it, LEGO's got your back. Each set will be packed with a list of instructions accompanied by a few interesting ideas to make it as interactive as possible. Right now, they are in the phase of testing these blocks in a number of different languages and guess what, English is one of them!
The program for this was initially launched in 2011, steered by the research department of LEGO. After being approached by the blind community with this idea years ago, the company has finally acted upon this project which has been due for a long time. But it's better late than never and we couldn't be any happier with the recent developments in this category.
During an interview with Fast Company, the project lead, Stine Storm said, "Children are used to playing with Lego bricks and therefore immediately take to the idea and intuitively start testing, playing around, and learning through play–often without realizing they are even learning to read Braille. It adds a lot of fun to what can otherwise be a challenging task."
Expanding on the importance of this product Storm added: "As we engaged experts within this field, we realized just how important it is for all kids who are blind or have low vision to learn Braille, even with increased access to technological advancements such as audio voice." According to ABC News, Stine explained how the bricks would "break down the barrier and fear of making mistakes because they all of a sudden have a flexible tool in which they can easily play around with — in a way that has not been possible before."
The toy company has been working in association with The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the sighless. "At RNIB, our vision is a world without barriers for people with sight loss, but we can’t achieve this alone, said David Clarke, the RNIB Director of Services. Expressing his appreciation he said: "We’re proud to have worked with LEGO on the development of these braille bricks which will improve education for children with vision impairment and encourage inclusion."
Introducing #LEGOBrailleBricks!— RNIB (@RNIB) April 24, 2019
We're proud to work with @LEGOfoundation on the development of braille bricks. Thanks to this innovation, children with vision impairment will be able to learn braille and interact with their classmates in a fun way: https://t.co/O3p5Xt4xCN pic.twitter.com/HfklitKCWG
In this technological age, kids are surrounded by phones and tablets while creative toys are becoming more and more obsolete. We see a ray of hope introduced by LEGO who has found a way to make these bricks a proper source of education combining it with a dash of fun. The company will be providing learning organizations all over the world with these interactive block sets for free! After releasing this set they plan on implementing this. This has to be hands down the best part about it!