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RNIB and Lego partner on UK distribution of Braille Bricks toolkits

Published on: 29th September 2020

Heads of service can order sets of bricks, or can nominate educational professionals to receive them. 

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has partnered with the Lego Foundation to bring Braille Bricks to visually impaired children.

The bricks help children with vision impairment develop tactile skills and learn the Braille system. The kits are made up of approximately 300 Lego bricks specially moulded so the studs on top reflect individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet. The bricks also feature printed letters, numbers and symbols so that they can be used by sighted peers, classmates, and teachers in a collaborative and inclusive way.

The kits are being brought to the UK by RNIB, which worked with the Lego Foundation to develop and test the Braille Bricks. From September, toolkits will be distributed to schools and home-schooled children.

“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," said RNIB's director of services, David Clarke. "Braille is an important tool and these inclusive toolkits will make a real difference to children with vision impairment, allowing them to play and interact with their sighted classmates.”

RNIB has also trained teachers and support staff working with children with vision impairment in the teaching concept. Although the toolkit is intended as a fun introduction to braille for younger children aged from four up, it has also proven to have learning opportunities and benefits for children in secondary school.

“We are thrilled to launch the first wave of the Lego Braille Bricks programme and get the toolkits into the hands of children," added Stine Storm, senior Play & Health specialist at the Lego Foundation. "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 learn braille.”

The sets of bricks, are not on general sale and can only be ordered by heads of service from local sensory services. Heads of service can also nominate an education professional from schools for children with vision impairment, or a QTVI (qualified teacher of children and young people with vision impairment), to place an order on behalf of their area. For more information click here.

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