Lego releases Braille bricks to teach blind and visually impaired children

Lego's Braille Bricks will help visually impaired children learn Braille through play.

(CNN)Lego has unveiled a new project aimed at helping blind and visually impaired children learn Braille in a "playful and engaging way." Lego Braille Bricks, a concept originally proposed to the toy company by two charities, will allow children to learn the touch writing system through play.

The bricks, which will launch fully in 2020, feature the studs used for characters in the Braille alphabet, as well as printed characters allowing sighted people to read the bricks. They will be "fully compatible" with existing Lego bricks, the company said in a press release.
Lego Braille Bricks will feature the Braille alphabet as well as numbers, math symbols and teaching devices.
The Danish Association of the Blind suggested the concept to the Lego Foundation in 2011, while the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, based in Brazil, proposed the bricks in 2017.