LEGO-Style Braille Bricks Help Visually Impaired Children Learn to Read

Andrew LaSane

A new project is using a classic children's toy to increase literacy among visually impaired children, according to Adweek. Braille Bricks feature raised studs on top of a box base, similar to LEGO bricks. However, unlike those on LEGO pieces, the studs on each brick form the letters of the Braille alphabet and can be used to form words.

The project, a collaboration between the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind and the Lew'Lara\TBWA ad agency, is something that LEGO hasn't been able to achieve so far, Adweek reports. While the toy giant has supported initiatives for the visually impaired in the past, including the LEGO Blind Art Project, LEGO has never released modified designs. (That hasn't stopped fans from making their own creations, though: Just last year, a 13-year-old boy invented a braille printer using a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit.)

So far, Dorina Nowill has only made enough Braille Bricks for 300 children. In the hopes of taking the bricks worldwide, the non-profit has released the designs under a Creative Commons license.

Watch the video above to see how parents and students reacted after using the learning toys, and visit the website to learn more about the project and the #BrailleBricksForAll social media project.

Braille Bricks (screenshot)

[h/t Adweek]