In Leonie Masterson’s London classroom, students are learning to read by touch. All of the students are blind or sight-impaired, and today, 17-year-old Aya and 18-year-old Francis are helping their younger classmates learn Braille.
“When I was young, I did not think I would ever be able to write or read,” Francis said.
Braille isn’t as easy as ABC; it takes time and a dedicated teacher who knows it. And that is not common. So, in stepped Lego with their new Braille bricks.
The studs on these Lego bricks have been specially rearranged to represent letters, numbers and symbols — the building blocks of language.
“It’s a good way of bringing sighted and vision-impaired people together, playing with Lego,” said Aya.
Lego hopes their new bricks bridge the gap so anyone can use them straight out of the box.
“You’re making learning fun,” said correspondent Ian Lee.
“I love Braille, and I like finding ways of teaching it,” said Masterson.