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Aug 3, 2020

Lego Braille Bricks Program - 2# Report

1. Brief History

The LEGO Braille Bricks Program is a globally innovative initiative by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in partnership with the LEGO Foundation and with the support of the Promotion Center for School and Social Digital Inclusion (CPIDES) at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP). It is main objective is to promote the learning of children with visual impairments aged 4 to 10 years, as well as to enable the teaching of this system by teachers in the common room in an inclusive manner.
LEGO Braille Bricks was made with the objective of developing a pedagogical resource, the Kit consists of a set of LEGO bricks, a board and an instruction manual. It contains letters, numbers and basic arithmetic signs. It is resistant, long lasting, colorful and easy to clean. But, above all, it is a playful educational resource.

2. Justification of the action

The justification of the project is given by the following aspects:
- Data from the World Health Organization showing that 10% of the world population has some type of disability, with 3.5% being visually impaired;
- IBGE data showing about 6.5 million people with visual impairments in Brazil;
- IBGE data showing that 20,935 children aged 0 to 4 years are blind, 24,707 have low vision totaling 6% of the Brazilian population with visual impairment;

3. Objectives of the Pilot Project

The Lego Braille Bricks - Play, Learn and Include Project has the following objectives:
• Conceive and develop the inclusion of people with visual impairments, through the pedagogical resource;

• Transform the Braille System into a more accessible tool for visually impaired children in schools and, consequently, qualify students' literacy;

• Form a group of teachers trained in the Lego Braille Bricks Program, capable of being multipliers to promote the learning of visually impaired children;

• Enable children with visual impairments to be literate and have a basic understanding of mathematics;

• Expand opportunities to study and play, including the rights of the child;

• Sensitize and educate educators, families and government officials about the importance of using the Braille System in the literacy of blind children;

• Collaborate to build a full inclusive education;

4. ONLINE TRAINING

Teachers continue the training process on an online platform, where they exchange experiences using the tool and the proposed activities of the Braille Bricks Program, as well as being guided and permanently monitored by educators and specialists.

5. RESULTS

Teachers trained by the pedagogical team of the Braille Bricks Program present Pedagogical Intervention Plans that consist of developing new methods on the use of LEGO Braille Bricks in the classroom in which all students develop together as applied activities for those who are guaranteed as literacy activities because one of the forms of social inclusion is, in fact, present in public education units.
The entire process is monitored by the pedagogical team, in order to create guiding documents with results and perspectives that have outlined the training heritage.

6. Reguards

Our project is only possible through of donors like you!

We still have a lot to do!

Together, we can continue our work and benefit more children in favor of a more inclusive world!

Thank you so much for join with us!


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Apr 6, 2020

Lego Braille Bricks Program - 1# Report

Lego Braille Bricks Program - Play, Learn and Include

1. Brief History
The LEGO Braille Bricks Program is a globally innovative initiative by the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind in partnership with the LEGO Foundation and with the support of the Promotion Center for School and Social Digital Inclusion (CPIDES) at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP). It is main objective is to promote the learning of children with visual impairments aged 4 to 10 years, as well as to enable the teaching of this system by teachers in the common room in an inclusive manner.
LEGO Braille Bricks was made with the objective of developing a pedagogical resource that seeks to arouse the interest of the teacher, the student and their families, in carrying out activities for the practice of literacy of children with and without visual impairment together, so that they can be used countless possibilities that stimulate creativity and curiosity, thus being able to play in various ways. The Kit consists of a set of LEGO bricks, a board and an instruction manual. It contains letters, numbers and basic arithmetic signs. It is resistant, long lasting, colorful and easy to clean. But, above all, it is a playful educational resource.
3. Justification of the action
The justification of the project is given by the following aspects:
- Data from the World Health Organization showing that 10% of the world population has some type of disability, with 3.5% being visually impaired;
- IBGE data showing about 6.5 million people with visual impairments in Brazil;
- IBGE data showing that 20,935 children aged 0 to 4 years are blind, 24,707 have low vision totaling 6% of the Brazilian population with visual impairment;
- Data from the School Census of Basic Education - INEP / MEC / 2016 - 7,154 blind students and 68,279 students with low vision enrolled in schools, distributed among Early Childhood Education, Elementary School and High School.
- Data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey - TALIS - 2013, carried out by the OECD Inep 60.1% of teachers said they had a “high need” to obtain specific training to work with students with disabilities or special needs.
2. Objectives of the Pilot Project
The Lego Braille Bricks - Play, Learn and Include Project has the following objectives:
Conceive and develop the inclusion of people with visual impairments, through the pedagogical resource;
Enable children to learn to read, write, interpret, understand and develop independently with the same degree of equality;
Create various forms of knowledge in a pleasurable way, from recreational activities;
Transform the Braille System into a more accessible tool for visually impaired children in schools and, consequently, qualify students' literacy;
Form a group of teachers trained in the Lego Braille Bricks Program, capable of being multipliers to promote the learning of visually impaired children;
Enable children with visual impairments to be literate and have a basic understanding of mathematics;
Expand opportunities to study and play, including the rights of the child;
Sensitize and educate educators, families and government officials about the importance of using the Braille System in the literacy of blind children;
Collaborate to build a full inclusive education;
Provide an online platform to monitor the activities carried out and contribute to the development of a Pedagogical Intervention Plan that allows inclusion in an effective and playful way;
Carry out the Project so that the applied methodology is improved for the global development of the Lego Braille Bricks Program.
3. Reguards
We still have a lot to do!
Our project is only possible through of donors like you! Together, we can continue our work and benefit more children in favor of a more inclusive world!
Thank you for join with us!


Attachments:
Dec 2, 2019

Autonomy for children with visual impairment

Children and young people continue in specialized care, some have already completed the process, others will continue beyond the project. In general, they will or will pass through all technical areas after being individually assessed. Young people are mostly cared for in groups, understanding the innumerable gains resulting from their own life stage.

Thematic Group - Developing Talents

The second group of Developing Talent Youth is in its final stages. The young people together with the teacher and psychologist develop a fables playwright based on their life stories. The work is developed through theatrical and body games for their development. The purpose is that they develop themselves discovering their talents and abilities. The activity is part of the process of youth rehabilitation and preparation for the world of work.

We participated in the launch of the book "Como Dorinha vê o mundo” (How Dorinha Sees the World), and we prepared a storytelling with drawing activities for the children. In addition to presenting the book created by Mauricio de Souza in honor of Dorina Nowill, we encourage children served the habit of reading through playful activities. The characters Monica and Dorinha also visited the Institution and animated the party!

About 40 children and young people with their families participated in the Launch of Mauricio de Souza's “Narizinho” Book at the Villa Lobos Library. In addition to knowing the book firsthand, the children attended a breakfast at the Dorina Foundation and at the event received from the hands of Mauricio de Souza a thermostat relief design along with his signature. Everyone had fun to worth!!!

Reach within the reporting period

  • All the 140 Children and 85 Adolescents received specialized care. (Throughout the project).
  • Counting 325 individual or group calls for children and 827 calls for young people
  • 25 children and adolescents are in the process of literacy of the Braille system.
  • Another 04 schools were oriented on the literacy process of the visually impaired person.
  • 200 family members or caregivers oriented on issues related to visual impairment and participants of the process of including your children.
  • About 200 family members received care and participated in the entire qualification process (Throughout the project).
  • Counting for 517 visits to family members of children and adolescents (last quarter).
 
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