A Level Playing Field – Braille Lego Bricks to Help Vision Impaired Kids – Hope 103.2

A Level Playing Field – Braille Lego Bricks to Help Vision Impaired Kids

For kids with vision impairment, playing with Lego can be challenging. But that’s about to change with the invention of Lego Braille Bricks.

Listen: Nas Campanella chats to Sam Robinson about new Braille LEGO bricks

By Georgia FreeTuesday 9 Feb 2021Hope BreakfastLife

For kids across Australia, it’s almost a rite of passage to receive a set of Lego for a birthday or Christmas, spending hours getting creative after unboxing the bricks. However, for kids with vision impairment, playing with Lego can be more challenging. But that’s all about to change with the invention of Lego Braille Bricks.

Sam Robinson chatted to ABC National Disability Affairs Reporter Nas Campanella about the exciting initiative.

Nas has been blind since infancy, and says the Lego bricks are a game changer for vision impaired kids.

“It provides a quality in learning and play, so that kids can play together whether they are vision impaired or not,” Nas said.

Additional to the ridges in regular Lego pieces, Braille Lego pieces come with braille letters, numbers and symbols. The Braille sets will be sold alongside identical Lego sets for sighted people – encouraging kids with vision impairment to play and learn alongside their sighted peers.

Nas also said the Lego had the ability to normalise Braille as a form of communication and learning.

“Most people know what Braille is but many, especially children, don’t understand how it works – that it’s more than just some funny little bumps on a page. It gets kids talking,” she said.

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The Lego Foundation and Vision Australia will soon begin trials for Braille Lego kits with vision impaired children across the country, before hitting Australian shopping shelves.

You can listen to the full conversation with Nas Campanella about Braille Lego in the player above. 

Featured image: legobraillebricks.com