The toy company initially released the special set to organizations that work with children with vision impairment, free of charge. But LEGO says the sets will now be available for purchase by anyone who is interested in learning the Braille system.
"We were thrilled by the reception that LEGO Braille Bricks received in educational settings. We’ve been inundated with thousands of requests to make them more widely available, so we just knew we had to make it happen," offered LEGO’s lead project designer, Rasmus Løgstrup.
The Braille Bricks set includes 287 bricks in five colors. The bumps on each brick are arranged to correspond to the numbers and letters in the Braille system, with the printed version of the symbol or letter printed below the bumps. They’re fully compatible with other LEGO bricks.
"For the blind community, Braille is not just literacy, it’s our entry to independence and inclusion into this world.” Martine Abel-Williamson, the president of the World Blind Union, said in a press release about the bricks.