Lego-Style Braille Bricks Help Blind Children Read

Posted: May 9 2016, 5:56pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News


Lego-Style Braille Bricks Help Blind Children Read
Credit: Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind

For years, teachers and parents alike have noticed that when children don't know they are learning, they actually learn better. That is why the new product from the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind and the Lew'Lara/TBWA agency came together to create Braille Bricks. These toys look like Lego blocks but are actually intended to build reading skills while building structures.

The hope is that they will feel included with these toys, and have fun, but also learn those skills that they need.

As of right now, the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind has made about 300 sets of these blocks for their students. However, there is hope that they will get more because they are designed and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License, which means that it is free for someone to share or adapt for any purpose.

If it takes off, that might mean that they can use this for any number of other skills. Mashable notes that there hasn't been a response from Lego yet, but if they do hear about it, chances are that they will throw their hats in the ring to help out.

Each brick, which resembles the bricks from the beloved children's toy, will have a raised letter of the Braille alphabet stamped onto it. They are then arranged into learning kits that they can use to form words.

The hope is that while they will be used to read, they could also be used as a branch to other students who want to learn Braille and make new friends.

See more about the bricks in the video below:

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