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Lego bricks with Braille to be available in seven countries

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In a heart-warming news for people with vision disabilities the iconic Danish toymaker Lego is launching a new version of its most popular plastic bricks featuring Braille alphabet for people who are blind or have low vision. 

The bricks have the same shape as the regular ones, but the studs on top are rearranged and it will be available in in seven countries.

“The bricks are moulded so that the studs on top reflect individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet while remaining fully compatible with the Lego system,” a statement from the company said.

The bricks also feature a printed version of the symbol or letter.

Lego said it wanted to encourage children who are blind or have low vision to explore new ways of learning to read and write.

“With thousands of audio books and computer programs on the market today, fewer young people are learning Braille,” the company said.

It added: “Yet, individuals with blindness or impaired vision all over the world rely on Braille to work, study and enjoy their daily lives to the fullest.”

The new bricks will first be sold in Brazil, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway and the United States, before being extended to other countries, including Ireland, in early 2021.

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