Child's hands playing with Lego braille bricks

LEGO® Braille Bricks is a playful tool to teach braille to children with vision impairment.

Newly launched, the toolkit comprises of LEGO bricks that have been adjusted to correspond to the Unified English Braille alphabet. Each LEGO brick also has a printed letter or character to ensure the tool is inclusive allowing sighted teachers, students and family members to play on equal terms with a child with vision impairment.  

RNIB worked with the LEGO Foundation in the UK to develop and test the bricks, which it will distribute to educators of children and young people with vision impairment across the UK from September 2020.  

How to order LEGO Braille Bricks

The toolkits, or sets of bricks, are not on general sale and can only be ordered by heads of service from local sensory services, or they can nominate an education professional from schools for children with vision impairments, or a QTVI (qualified teachers for vision impairment), to place an order on behalf of their area. They’ll also need to complete some online training about teaching with the LEGO Braille Bricks.

  • Email [email protected] to order. You will need to provide details of all staff who would like to attend the training – we require a minimum of one staff member, who can cascade the learnings, although others are welcome if it’s relevant for them - as well as the schools/services you work for and how many sets of LEGO Braille Bricks you expect to order.

    There have already been a number of sessions run and your staff may already have attended this training. Further sessions are being run in September 2020.

  • We will reply to your email with dates and times of available upcoming online training sessions so you can book a slot.  

  • If you have been on the training, we will follow up with you to collect your details, including the quantity of kits needed for your service and where to send them to. 

Frequently asked questions

 

Q. What is LEGO® Braille Bricks? 

LEGO Braille Bricks is a playful tool to teach braille to children with vision impairment. The toolkit comprises of LEGO bricks that have been adjusted to correspond to the Unified English Braille alphabet. Each LEGO brick also has a printed letter or character to ensure the tool is inclusive allowing sighted teachers, students and family members to play on equal terms with a child with vision impairment.  

A selection of signature LEGO brick colours have been chosen specifically to ensure colour contrast and allow for a playful learning experience in an inclusive setting. 

The toolkit is accompanied by a teaching concept that builds on a learning through play approach and also includes ideas for socially interactive activities with the bricks.  

The aim is for children to firstly start to use touch to identify different dot combinations and then to start to learn braille in a fun way. The bricks have printed letters on enabling children with and without vision impairment to play together.  

Who has tested the bricks and how was RNIB involved in the development? 

In the UK, RNIB, and other partners in the sector (Leonard Cheshire and New College Worcester) worked closely with LEGO Foundation.  

New College Worcester has also used the braille bricks in their school. RNIB and Leonard Cheshire worked with Linden Lodge and Priestly Smith schools as well as a variety of teachers around the country who tested the bricks and activities.  

At RNIB, we’ve been engaging with specialist education professionals throughout the development of the LEGO Braille Bricks themselves and the associated lesson plans, demonstrating them at key sector events run by RNIB and VIEW in February and March 2020. We also consulted with heads of sensory support service during May 2020 on the best way to manage orders for their area to avoid duplication.  

Who can order a set of LEGO Braille Bricks and are there any special requirements?

There are two requirements to order: the LEGO Braille Bricks are a learning resource so remain property of the service/school, and at least one team member must undertake a free online LEGO Braille Bricks training session, hosted by RNIB, and share the information with colleagues.  

How can I order a set?  

We work closely with qualified teachers of children with vision impairment (QTVIs). If you are already involved with RNIB or registered as a QTVI or school for children with vision impairment, we may have already been in touch, and we have contacted independent/non-maintained special schools separately.  

If you have not yet heard from us but would like to order a set, you can do this by following these instructions. 

Please note: We encourage heads of service to assess how many sets are needed across the schools they are responsible for, and then co-ordinate a single order based on how many children with vision impairment there are who will use them. You can order one pack per child.  

Please email [email protected] to register your interest, including your name and the address of the school you work for, and how many sets of bricks you will need.  

At least one team member from each service must attend a mandatory online training session around the accompanying teaching concepts. This information should then be cascaded to any other relevant staff.  

If you have been on the training, we will follow up with you to collect your details, including the quantity of kits needed for your service and where to send them to.  

Where can I get further information?

Find more online at the official LEGO Braille Bricks site and, if you have questions not answered above, please contact [email protected].