According to the National Federation of the Blind, there are approximately 60,393 children in the U.S. who are legally blind. Even if your kid doesn’t happen to be one of them, you can still see the appeal of the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind’s latest project: Braille Bricks that work like LEGOs, only they’re for reading too. Think of them as the best mental block ever.
The basic braille alphabet is composed of characters made out of some arrangement of 6 dots, which made combining it with a 2 x 3 LEGO brick easy. But arguably the best parts of the toy is that it integrates a universal play experience with special needs, making it less challenging for visually impaired kids to interact with everyone else. And that could teach all children a whole lot, whether it’s how to read braille or how to be empathetic. If that’s not touchy-feely enough for you (literally and figuratively), the nonprofit released a series of short videos that would make Daredevil emotional (if he could see them).
Although about 300 children have been given Braille Bricks through the foundation itself, they are not available to the average consumer just yet. However, the brick designs were released under Creative Commons licensing with the hope that manufacturers will pick it up and make the product widely available. In the meantime, parents can express their support by entering in their own Braille Brick message digitally on their site, or by using the hashtag #BrailleBricksForAll. Your move, LEGO.