Friday, November 15, 2019
No menu items!

A Decade Of Faith In Lego Ends In Success For Blind Matthew

Must Read

Is It Possible For Any Politician To Tell The Truth?

It’s fast becoming impossible for ordinary voters to know which politicians to believe. The days of honest statesmen brokering deals...

Melting Ice Cap Could Raise Oceans 11 Feet Within A Century

As 11,000 scientists from around the world unite to declare a global climate emergency, a terrifying warning from the...

Internet Music Service Out Of Tune With Copyright Law

The internet dilemma of who owns the rights to content has just taken a new twist with a ruling...

Blind Lego fan Matthew Shifrin has completed a 17 year labour of love that has seen the building bricks giant reach out to help visually impaired children use the toy.

But along the way, his success was blighted with tragedy as the baby sitter, Lilya Finkel, who helped him launch the project when he was aged just five years old died from cancer.

Their hard work now stands as a tribute to Lilya who had the foresight and imagination to help the blind open a new world of spatial awareness.

The devoted pair never gave upon their dream, even though the corporation resisted their efforts for more than a decade.

The firm is publishing a growing library of construction plans for their sets in Braille and audio as a result of Matthew and Lilya’s efforts and has taken on American Matthew, now 22, as a paid consultant.

Download Braille instructions

The downloads can be fed into a Braille reader that coverts onscreen text into Braille characters.

“I loved the creativity of Lego,” said Shifrin.

“Plus, it was wonderful brain training for me. Blind people have trouble with spatial reason and spatial awareness, and Lego lets you go piece by piece to put a room together.”

The work was a mammoth task, with hundreds of Lego sets comprising more than 80,000 individual bricks and other construction pieces that Shifrin and Finkel catalogued and analysed to create a system that aided the blind and visually impaired.

Lego is testing the system until the end of the year, when the service will be reviewed and extended into other languages besides English.

Tragedy mars project

“This was always something we wanted to address: How do we make Lego for visually impaired and blind children?” said Fenella Blaize Charity, Lego’s creative director.

“We want the Lego experience out to as many kids as possible.”

“We had looked at the project but it was only when Matthew came to us with this amazing solution he’d already started work on that we could feel it was possible.”

Unfortunately, Finkel did not live to see Lego take up her dream even though she was translating set instructions up to her death in 2017.

>

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News

Is It Possible For Any Politician To Tell The Truth?

It’s fast becoming impossible for ordinary voters to know which politicians to believe. The days of honest statesmen brokering deals...

Melting Ice Cap Could Raise Oceans 11 Feet Within A Century

As 11,000 scientists from around the world unite to declare a global climate emergency, a terrifying warning from the past predicts sea levels could...

Internet Music Service Out Of Tune With Copyright Law

The internet dilemma of who owns the rights to content has just taken a new twist with a ruling by the High Court in...

And The Word Of The Year For 2019 Is…

English is changing all the time as new words fall in and out of fashion, and the latest in vogue phrase is ‘climate strike’,...

Wildfires – How Science Is Helping To Dampen The Flames

Wild fires raging in some corner of the world seem to be hot off the press and in the news a lot. Huge fires have...

More Articles Like This