Playtime should be accessible to all! That’s why ahead of World Blind Awareness Month this October, The LEGO Group has announced that LEGO braille bricks are now available to purchase online for the first time. LEGO Braille Bricks — Play with Braille is designed for kids ages 6 and up so that anyone who is curious about braille — be they blind, partially sighted, or sighted — can have fun getting to know the braille system in a playful, inclusive way.
Until now, LEGO braille bricks have only been distributed free of charge by the LEGO Foundation to organizations specializing in the education of children with vision impairment. Since the launch of these kits in 2020, there has been plenty of positive feedback from parents, carers, grandparents, children, and educators. This response led LEGO to give families the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of braille bricks at home.
The set comes with 287 bricks in five colors: white, yellow, green, red, and blue. All of the bricks are fully compatible with other LEGO products and the studs on each brick are arranged to correspond to the numbers and letters in the braille system, with the printed version of the symbol or letter situated below the studs.
The set also includes two baseplates to build on and comes in packaging with braille embossing. To enhance the play experience and support pre-braille skill development, a series of supporting play starters are available on lego.com and will teach players how to orient, attach, and stack the bricks through well-loved games such as Rock, Paper, Scissors.
The LEGO Group has also partnered with the free mobile app Be My Eyes, which connects blind and partially sighted people with companies to help with everyday tasks through a live video call. LEGO Customer Service colleagues will provide confidential, live visual assistance through the app covering support from a wide range of topics from unboxing to general product support.
Furthermore, The LEGO Group has announced that LEGO audio and braille building instructions will now become a permanent offering. Inspired and co-developed by entrepreneur Matthew Shifrin, who is blind, this experience gives builders the option of having select LEGO building instructions available as audio or text for braille readers.
LEGO Braille Bricks — Play with Braille ($89.99) is now available for preorder in English and French versions ahead of the Sept. 1 launch. In early 2024, the set will also be available in Italian, German, and Spanish versions.
LEGO BRAILLE BRICKS — PLAY WITH BRAILLE
The set comes with 287 bricks in five colors: white, yellow, green, red, and blue. All of the bricks are fully compatible with other LEGO products and the studs on each brick are arranged to correspond to the numbers and letters in the braille system, with the printed version of the symbol or letter situated…