Lego launches new feature to make building sets accessible to blind children

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For Matthew Shifrin, who was born blind, playing with Lego sets presented a challenge. While he loved the blocks and how they taught him about things like engineering concepts and the shape of the Empire State Building, he could not utilize the toys’ building instructions, which are represented with images

Instead a family friend spent hours writing out the steps so Shifrin could upload them into a system that put the instructions onto his braille reader, which converts text into the series of raised dots known as braille. 

The experience inspired Shifrin to help children who are blind or have limited vision access Lego instructions just like he did. That’s why Shifrin, now 22, teamed up with Lego to begin creating braille and audio building instructions for the company’s toy sets.  Read more…

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