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Lego braille bricks nominated for award

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lego braille bricks Image credit: tbwa.com

LEGO has been nominated for an award for one of their building sets for people with vision loss.

The popular toy brand has been recognised for its Braille blocks by The Index Project which notices commercial designs which aim to make life a little better, especially those who fall into a minority category.

On their website The Index Project said: “This ingenious combination of features opens up a whole new world of playful learning,” said the Index Project on their website. “The LEGO Braille Bricks introduces a play-based method to learning Braille and a breadth of skills for inclusive education. This enables visually impaired children to engage with sighted classmates in a fun and interactive way.”

The braille bricks, designed by The Lego Foundation and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), were distributed as toolkits to UK schools which teach pupils with sight loss.

Each brick contain specific studs representing individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet above printed letters, numbers and symbols so teachers and children with vision loss can work “in a collaborative and inclusive way.”

Despite the toolkits being aimed for youngsters aged four and upwards they are also being used at secondary schools.

David Clarke, RNIB director of services, said: “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.”

Clarke believes the inclusive toolkits would, “make a real difference to children with vision impairment, allowing them to play and interact with their sighted classmates.”

Stine Storm, senior play and health specialist at the Lego Foundation, said: “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 learning braille.”

The Lego Braille Bricks toolkits are made up of approximately 300 bricks.