In the summer of last year, Lego launched a very interesting accessibility product designed to allow people with visual impairments to enjoy the brilliance of the blocky brand. The innovation was called Braille Bricks, and as you might infer, these use Braille to help blind, visually impaired or sighted individuals build incredible sets and join in the Lego fun.
When Braille Bricks first debuted, they were only available in English and French, but Lego did promise that more languages were in the works. To that end, Braille Bricks have now been expanded to Spanish, German and Italian, meaning more youngsters around the world can get in on the Lego action.
Martine Abel-Williamson, president of World Blind Union Braille Bricks, said about it: “For the blind community, Braille is not just literacy, it’s our access to independence and inclusion in this world, and to make LEGO Braille Bricks available to the general public is a huge step forward in making sure more kids want to learn Braille in the first place. And because it’s based on a product that so many families already know and love, this is really an invitation for all family members to have fun developing tactile skills and becoming familiar with Braille using the same tools.”
Braille Bricks series 287 unique bricks in five colors and are fully compatible with other Lego products. For now, the entry-level Play with Braille set is on sale for €89.99 / $89.99.