Almost all kids (and most adults, tbh) love Lego. They’re simple and can be used for just about anything.
Braille Bricks wants to add something else to that list by using Lego-compatible bricks to help blind children learn to read in an inclusive setting.
Lego Design Specialist Arthur Sacek puts the work of Braille Bricks into simple terms:
“Lego is still Lego, but now it has some characteristics that let us work with visual impairments.”
“What really distinguishes it from any other project is the issue of inclusion. It’ll be good, not only for students, but for teachers who now have tools to work with, and for the whole community.”
Braille Bricks are currently helping 300 children at dozens of institutions, but they are also running a campaign to convince the toy industry to produce and distribute these bricks worldwide.
↑ That spells out “#BrailleBricksForAll.”
You can type in Lego braille on their website, and your message will be used to encourage toy makers to start producing Braille Bricks. That’s right – they want you to help by writing your name in braille.
But wait… It gets better!
I know this sounds like an infomercial, but nobody’s looking for any money, and everybody wants to help kids get Braille Bricks, right? So…
More good news and a video after the jump….
Wait for it… they’re also a part of the Creative Commons.
This means that anyone can copy, distribute, and add to or improve on Braille Bricks.
This further increases the odds that Braille Bricks can achieve their mission of spreading bricks around the world and helping blind children learn to read in an inclusive setting.
Check out this video for more:
Source: Braille Bricks
Pretty cool, right?