The world’s first Lego Braille Bricks were recently revealed during a special event at a Legoland Discovery Center in Melbourne, Australia. Over 20 families were welcomed to the attraction to discover this new range of Lego bricks, designed to offer the blind or low-vision children a first opportunity to discover braille at a young age.
Each Lego Braille Brick has raised bumps that have been modified to correspond to a letter or character of the braille alphabet. Each brick also has a printed letter or character to allow those children who are blind or have low vision to learn and play with their sighted classmates, family members, and educators.
“We are proud that Legoland Discovery Center is supporting the launch of Lego Braille Bricks. One of the foundations of Lego and our Legoland attractions is helping kids learn through play, so it’s amazing to see how this project is helping children who are blind or have low vision learn braille in a playful and engaging way,” said Fiona Eastwood, Merlin Entertainments Group’s COO for Midway Attractions Group. “At all of our attractions in Merlin, we aim to make our experiences accessible for as many people as possible and working with Lego Braille Bricks is an excellent tool to help us take another step in achieving this. We hope to roll out events like this one at more of our Legoland Discovery Centers in the future.”
These unique bricks will be provided to schools or other education institutions that have a student, or students, who are blind or have low vision and are learning braille. While not available for sale to the general public, Legoland Discovery Center hopes to host more of these Lego Braille Bricks events in the future at its attractions across the globe.
You can learn more about these new bricks here.