Thewelcomed 20 families with children who are blind or have low vision to try out Braille Bricks, which have just arrived in Australia.
TheFoundation has teamed up with to launch the new range. It aims to teach children about braille and how to use it from a young age. Each brick has raised bumps to correspond to a letter from the braille alphabet, with printed letters on the side so blind and visually impaired children can play and learn alongside sighted and family.
“We were thrilled to be able to introduceBraille Bricks to so many of our clients here at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre today,” said Ron Hooton, CEO of Vision Australia. “Braille is vital in supporting children who are blind or have low vision to develop literacy skills, and Braille Bricks are a great way to expose children to braille at an early age.”
During the event on April 14, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre celebrated the Braille Bricks coming to Australia for the first time, launching there alongside. The range was already available prior to this.
The children and families invited to the event were able to play with the new Braille Bricks, as well as explore the other attractions at Melbourne’s LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, like themodel of Melbourne, various building zones, and the 4D cinema.
“We are proud to host Vision Australia today to support the Australian launch ofBraille Bricks,” stated Kieran Jiwa, Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. “One of the foundations of is helping kids learn through play, so it’s amazing to see how this project is helping children who are blind or have low vision learn braille in a playful and engaging way.”
AlthoughBraille Bricks are not on sale to the public, they will be given to schools and other educational institutions where blind and partially sighted students are learning braille. In countries around the world, the range has been received well, with one teacher saying , and also being shortlisted for .
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