Braille Bricks: Braille LEGOs!

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Braille Bricks kit including a container shaped as a big Braille Brick filled with numerous colorful Braille Bricks.

Braille Bricks are a clever combination of the Braille alphabet's six-dot configuration and the classic LEGO block.  Braille Bricks can increase literacy among blind students through play.  Practice braille letters, create words in Braille and build things!  Braille Bricks can be combined with traditional LEGO blocks.  This inclusive educational toy is fun for everyone!

For more information, view These LEGO-Like Bricks Are Actually Braille Letters article.  The video imbedded in this article is not in English but the video is captioned.

Here is another Braille Brick video posted on Facebook that shows Braille Bricks being used by students with visual impairments; the video does not have any spoken words.
 
See the LEGOs in Education post for hints about teaching LEGOs to students with visual impairments and blindness.
 
See Hi-Tech LEGOs post for information about LEGOs combined with curriculums and apps.
 

Update 12/14/16 from Braille Bricks

Unfortunately, they're are not being sold. :( We've made a few pieces to help children from Dorina Nowill Foundation and now, all the box that we done with the pieces, are there for the children, they belong to them. Now we're disseminating the idea to convince any toy manufacturer to produce it in global scale. Help us sharing the project on your social media with the hashtag #BrailleBricksForAll.

Comments

Posted by Diane BraunerSep 06, 2016

So far, the São Paulo based organization has only manufactured enough bricks for 300 students, but through the Creative Commons, they hope more will be made.

The Creative Commons “Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International” license is the second-coolest part of this project. This license makes the design FREE to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format), or adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) for any purpose, even commercial, as long as you distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

You can contact Braille Bricks directly at contato@braillebricks.com.br

 

Posted by Diane BraunerOct 23, 2016

Yes, it is challenging for companies to find the funding to produce items such as Braille Bricks.  Here is a similar product called Tack-tiles that you can purchase.  I am not sure if they sell just the tiles or if they only package the tiles with the Intellikeys package.  http://www.tack-tiles.com/index.htm

Posted by Diane BraunerDec 13, 2016

I have not heard about any new information concerning the availbility of Braille Bricks.  I have sent an email to the company (12/13/16)  asking for the status.  I will certainly share any new informtion when it is available!

Posted by Diane BraunerDec 14, 2016

- Posted on behalf of Braille Bricks 12/14/16

Hello Diane! Great to hear this from you, thank you for your feedback. 

Unfortunately, they're are not being sold. :( We've made a few pieces to help children from Dorina Nowill Foundation and now, all the box that we done with the pieces, are there for the children, they belong to them. Now we're disseminating the idea to convince any toy manufacturer to produce it in global scale.
Help us sharing the project on your social media with the hashtag #BrailleBricksForAll.

 

Posted by Diane BraunerJan 18, 2017

Samantha, what a great project - thanks for telling us about your experience with printing the Braille Bricks.  Can you post the link to the 3D printable version that you used?  Thank you!

Posted by Diane BraunerMar 24, 2017

Thank you for sharing the Braille Bricks files!

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