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Lego has announced that it has released its Braille bricks to the general public for the first time.

In a statement, Lego said the “Braille bricks are designed so that anyone who is curious about Braille can have fun getting to know the braille system at home with their family embers in a playful, inclusive way”.

The bricks aren’t only meant for those who are blind, but for everyone regardless of whether they’re blind, partially-sighted or not blind at all.

Up until now, the Braille bricks were only distributed for free to organisations that specialise in teaching Braille to vision impaired children. This is the first time that anyone can buy them. Lego suggests children aged 6 and up can play with the bricks.

Rasmus Logstrup, Lego’s group lead designer on Lego Braille Bricks said the company is thrilled by the reception that the special bricks have 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.”

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