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LEGO® Braille Bricks: A Fun Way to Reinforce Braille Skills
*UPDATE* We’re happy to announce that LEGO® Braille Bricks can now be ordered by educators who are participating in the education of students who are blind or visually impaired. Ordering info below. ALSO– We now have Spanish kits available for order by EOTs.
They’re here! APH is excited to be an official partner, responsible for distributing LEGO®Braille Bricks to students in the United States.
The bright-colored bricks, molded with studs that correspond to numbers and letters in the braille alphabet, allow students who are blind, and sighted to play and learn together. LEGO Braille Bricks were developed by the LEGO Foundation and will be distributed to children internationally.
Behind the Bricks
Knowing that braille is an essential tool for young people with visual impairments, the LEGO Foundation designed the bricks to do the following:
- Follow a pedagogical approach. LEGO Braille Bricks work to the proven pedagogical concept of powerful learning through play – making them a valuable tool for teachers and students.
- Boost confidence. By inspiring kids who are blind or visually impaired early in life, in such a positive and enjoyable way, we are helping develop their independence and communication skills from an early age.
- Help develop creative, engaged lifelong learners. Learning braille is crucial for blind or visually impaired children as it allows them to develop a variety of life skills, ensuring they experience intellectual freedom, independence, and equal access to education and work.
- Support innovative teaching. LEGO Braille Bricks pave the way for increased confidence, communication, creativity, and problem-solving, all key skills required to support life goals.
The LEGO Braille Bricks are offered FREE of charge by the LEGO Foundation and are designed for use with an educational curriculum that is led by a teacher. Because of this, LEGO Braille Bricks are only distributed directly to Ex Officio Trustees (EOTs) and teachers of the visually impaired. The hope is to ensure many years of learning, by having them passed down from student-to-student.
The APH Hive offers free LEGO Braille Brick training courses for ACVREP credits! You’ll get a look at how the bricks work, strategies for using them with students, and even get a behind-the-scenes understanding of LEGO’s “learning through play philosophy” from the LEGO Foundation. All of this can be done at your own pace and for credit by signing up today. Head over to the APH Hive to learn more.
Find even more educator resources.
Check out our LEGO Braille Brick site for even more info and activities!
Educators of the visually impaired can request LEGO Braille Bricks here.
If you are a parent interested in LEGO Braille Bricks for your child, please contact your child’s educator or EOT to ask about connecting your child or student with LEGO Braille Bricks. Don’t know who your EOT is? You can browse our directory here.
What’s an EOT? Here’s a helpful guide to understanding how APH works to provide products to students with visual impairments.
Ex Officio Trustees, please order using the order form on your EOT Profile Page.
Are you located outside of the United States? Visit legobraillebricks.com for international ordering.
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