Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne played host to the world’s first Lego Braille Bricks event to support children who are blind or have low vision.
The event was held in partnership with Vision Australia, the Lego Foundation’s official partner for the distribution of Lego Braille Bricks in Australia.
More than 20 families attended the event where they experienced the new range of Lego bricks designed specifically to offer children with no or low vision to have the opportunity to discover braille.
The braille bricks comprise of raised bumps that are modified to correspond to a character or letter from the braille alphabet. Each braille brick also features a printed character or letter to enable visually impaired children to learn and play with sighted family members, friends, classmates and educators.
Merlin Entertainments Group’s COO for Midway Attractions Group, Fiona Eastwood, commented on the event in Melbourne: “We are proud that Legoland Discovery Centre is supporting the launch of LEGO Braille Bricks. One of the foundations of Lego and our Legoland attractions 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.
“At all of our attractions in Merlin, we aim to make our experiences accessible for as many people as possible and working with Lego Braille Bricks is an excellent tool to help us take another step in achieving this. We hope to roll out events like this one at more of our Legoland Discovery Centres in the future.”
Legoland Discovery Centre is hoping to put on more Lego Braille Bricks events in the future.