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Lego Blind Instruction
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Jan 19, 2017 2017-01-19

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

SPOTLIGHT! On Science and Making

Matthew Shifrin, a blind high school senior from Massachusetts, is a LEGO aficionado. In “A Love Affair with LEGO,” an article that appears in a special STEM-focused issue of Future Reflections, published by the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, Matthew explains how he and a sighted friend developed verbal instructions to make LEGO fully accessible to blind builders.

Their system of text-based instructions allows blind individuals to build complex LEGO sets such as the London Tower Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Currently Matthew has accessible instructions for 23 LEGO sets ranging from Hogwarts Castle to an Arctic Snowmobile.

Using LEGO helps individuals like Matthew build spatial cognition, develop awareness and orientations skills, and experience the world in a new way.

Educators who would like any of these accessible instructions, or would like to help make more LEGO sets accessible, should email Matthew at matshifrin@aol.com.

Blindness/Visual Disability Making/Makerspace

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