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How LEGO Braille Bricks Are Helping The Visually Impaired

Wouldn’t you agree that everyone should be able to enjoy LEGO regardless of your age, capabilities or walk of life? Everyone deserves to be able to experience the joy those little LEGO bricks bring. LEGO is a very visual and tactile activity which does mean it is a challenge for some, but they are always looking to make innovative steps forward which aims to allow an incredibly inclusive hobby that caters for all.

LEGO Braille Bricks Announcement

An announcement was made on the 20th August 2020 that the LEGO Foundation and LEGO Group would be releasing a new program for LEGO Braille Bricks, this initially would be released to seven countries (Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, UK and USA) and six languages (Danish, Norwegian, English, Portuguese, German and French) but this was looking to be increased by another four languages as the program became more settled.

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Image credited to LEGO Foundation / LEGO Group

LEGO Braille Bricks Website

Along with this announcement LEGO released a new website called LEGO Braille Bricks which isn’t a big website but it does include useful activities that can be used to help get used to the bricks, to get an understanding of how you should handle them and generally things that would help people with impaired vision get comfortable finding, manipulating and placing the bricks.

LEGO Braille Bricks Activities

On top this they do also have activities that can be done once they are familiar with these LEGO Braille Bricks. These activities aim to make learning fun, it covers subjects such as literacy, numeracy and punctuation which is amazing as learning should be fun and what better way is there that learning with LEGO!

The below video gives a good understanding of what LEGO Braille Bricks offers and what they are trying to achieve!

Getting LEGO Braille Bricks Packs

If you are interested in getting a pack of LEGO Braille Bricks you can contact one their regional partners today using this link. The toolkits are free of charge providing your institution, school or service fits within their approval criteria. With each LEGO Braille Bricks toolkit, you receive:

1. Braille Bricks – a minimum of 300 brick in five LEGO colours. The bricks cover the full alphabet, numbers 0 to 9 and math symbols
2. Three LEGO base plates so which the Braille Bricks can be placed on
3. A trusty brick separator

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Image credited to LEGO Foundation / LEGO Group

LEGO for The Blind Initiative

Separate to the LEGO Braille Brick program there is also an unofficial LEGO innovative idea that is amazing…  Matthew Shifrin was born blind but it did not stop his ability to be innovative to overcome the challenges that come with being blind.

Matthew Shifrin loved building LEGO as a child, but little did he know how much of an impact he would make on the world in later life. His love for LEGO and drive to support and build a better world for people who are blind or visually impaired has resulted in his website LEGO for The Blind to be established. They have created instructions for 30+ official LEGO sets, each set of instructions have been transcribed in to a word document which when used with text to speech software it gives the LEGO fan step by step instructions allowing them to build independently! How amazing is that?

This is just one thing that Matthew Shifrin has done to better the world for blind and visually impaired people, he runs a pod cast, has stood in front of audiences at events like TEDx giving motivational speeches about his life and was the founder of a project that looked to create virtual reality comics for the blind using 3D sound and head mounted gyroscopes which would simulate motions such as flipping and flying giving fully immersive experience without the need of sight!

If you would like to see Matthew Shifrin at a TEDx event you should check out the below video!

LEGO for The Blind – Matthew Shifrin at TEDx

A Few Essentials and My Recommended DJ Equipment by DJ Ferdi Vol
With so much information on my site I wanted to bring it down to an all in one place where I list my updated personal recommendations for 2021 and popular items that people have used themselves with succes. You can check it all out below.
DJ Essentials
The absolute DJ essentials every beginner has to start with or any advanced DJ has used or is still using.
DJ Controllers
It can be overwhelming to choose the right controller as there are countless things to consider. Having the right experience is key to know what controller someone needs. It's the thing you will use most and you can find the right DJ Controller here.
Headphones
Better headphones results in better overal audio quality as well as easier beat-matching and comfort while using them on the fly. These best DJ Headphones for 2021 are tested first hand.
DJ Gifts
It can be hard to find the right gift to give a DJ but it's also nice to treat yourself with some DJ gifts that you didn't even know existed.
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Written by Matthew Mitchell
Hey, I am Matthew Mitchell and I am an AFOL from the UK. I have been fascinated by LEGO since I was a child. My two children are in love with LEGO and it's because of them that my interest in LEGO continued to grow, this is how I fell in to the rabbit hole of LEGO MOCs. With every new LEGO MOC I saw I became just a bit more addicted to the endless possibilities that LEGO offers. This led me to creating Belle-Ve Bricks, a platform where talented LEGO designers can share their work with the world.
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