13:03 h / 2021/01/04
The company made the announcement this morning on LinkedIn, on what is World Braille Day 2021
The Lego Group has announced that its innovative Braille Brick toolkits, developed to open up the Lego system of play to visually impairedand sighted kids alike, will now be available in a further 13 countries across the globe.
The Lego Braille Bricks toolkits will be distributed free of charge to select institutions, schools and services catering to the education of blind and visually impaired children. In each country where the kits are available, the Lego Foundation works with an official partner in the blind community. This partner will handle both distribution of the toolkits and support localisation and training of the teaching concept.
Official partners are in place in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The announcement has been timed to coincide with World Braille Day 2021. Observed every year on 4th January, the day celebrates the importance of Braille, a form of communication and written language for people who are blind and visually challenged. The day commemorates the birth anniversary of Louis Braille, the man who invented braille in the year 1809.
Lego’s official Braille Bricks website features more information about the toolkits, as well as handy resources including activity ideas.