LEGO® Braille Bricks at scintillae!
On the occasion of the National Braille Day, which takes place yearly on February 21 – at the Panizzi Library in Reggio Emilia, the first LEGO Braille Bricks kits were delivered. They were donated by The LEGO Foundation to the Garibaldi Regional Blind and Visually Impaired Institute, which promoted the initiative in the city.
The Lego Braille Bricks project is intended for the creative, playful and cognitive learning of blind and visually impaired children, but not only: on each brick, the six ‘buttons’ for interlocking the pieces are arranged in such a way as to represent the letters and numbers of the Braille writing and reading code and at the same time. The numbers and letters are also reproduced on each brick using common printing characters, so as to become an inclusive teaching aid for everyone.
“In this project, which is aimed not only at blind children, but at all children, putting different alphabets into a relationship of play and reciprocity, there is the sign of the long friendship and collaboration of over 30 years between Reggio Emilia and LEGO – states Carla Rinaldi, president of the Reggio Children Foundation – Bricks are one of the universal tools with which children and adults from all over the world have combined their research to experience ‘good play,’ a play that nourishes knowledge, capable of combining fun with discovery and learning. Play is a right and one of the most inclusive activities of the human being. These principles are the basis of the alliance for the defense and development of the right to play between the LEGO Foundation and the Reggio Children Foundation, which finds its physical and ideal form in ‘Scintillae’.”
In Scintillae, Braille Bricks have a full right to participate, and are embodied in many other international.