The LEGO® Braille Bricks concept is a game-based methodology that teaches Braille to children who are blind or visually impaired.

Each LEGO® Braille Bricks retains its iconic shape, but unlike ordinary LEGO® bricks, the dots are arranged to match numbers and letters in the Braille alphabet. Each brick shows the printed version of the symbol or letter, which allows sighted and blind children to play and learn together on equal terms. This ingenious combination of features opens up a whole new world of playful learning that teaches children Braille in a pleasant and tactile environment.

At Legoland in Melbourne, Australia, for the first time, blind and partially sighted children have the opportunity to meet the new Lego for the blind. The concept was first proposed in 2011 by the Danish Association of the Blind. The bricks have been launched since last year in seven more countries: Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. The idea is for them to allow children to learn creative Braille while engaging with their classmates in a fun and interactive way.

Sources:

https://www.legobraillebricks.com/

https://www.theguardian.com/

https://www.legobraillebricks.com/about  - video

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2021/apr/15/legos-bricks-for-the-blind-in-pictures  - photo gallery

On April 21, between the Union of the Blind in Bulgaria (UBB) and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the contract for the development of the new Bulgarian speech synthesizer was signed.

It is expected to have voice variants for Windows and Android, including those that fully support the 64-bit architecture.

According to preliminary estimates, the product is expected to be available to consumers in the second half of 2022.

The Ministry of healthcare of the Republic of Bulgaria published on its website information about the working hours of the health facilities in the country, which will organize the so called “open corridors” for vaccination in the period 30th April – 9th May. Information is published here https://www.mh.government.bg/bg/novini/aktualno/informaciya-za-vremennite-imunizacionni punktove-z/ . Seven health centers will be opened for vaccination in the town of Plovdiv.

Job Tiger, together with more than 35 partners from business, non-governmental organizations, media and governmental local structures organizes the 20-th anniversary round of the biggest career forum in Bulgaria. „National career days“ will provide the opportunity of live meetings and virtual interviews among the employers and job hunters. The face-to-face events will take place in seven towns in the country. In Plovdiv the event will take place on Wednesday, 12th May 2021, in the Congress Center of the Plovdiv Fair, and the day schedule one can find her: https://careerdays.bg/bg/national-careerdays/program-plovdiv . The participating companies in Plovdiv will be Delta Source, Billa, Invest 365, JTR, Kaufland, MM Solutions, Telus International, Dunapack Rodina, Lukoil Bulgaria.

One can register in the following link in order to meet face-t-face the employers’ representatives. https://careerdays.bg/bg/national-careerdays/students

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

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