Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy

by Fundacao Dorina Nowill para Cegos
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Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy
Braille Bricks: a tool for Blind Children literacy

Hello donor!

I wish you to be well and healthy.

In this first semester, the Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind faced a major challenge with the increase in cases of Covid 19 in Brazil, which impeded our face-to-face work on many fronts, but this did not discourage us, as we knew that "you" were in supporting this time.

Since March, the Dorina Foundation acted quickly in favor of helping our customers, blind people and people with low vision, in vulnerable situations. We carried out a fundraising campaign for the purchase of food cards for 100 customers. Amazing!

In addition to all this care for our customers, the Lego Braille Bricks Program continued with the online training of teachers on the didactics and interactions that the Lego product can provide to children.

We held some important lives for employees, partner organizations and the general public with the participation of the president of the Braille Bricks Brazil Program, Ika Fleury, in order to present the program and value the strategies created by various professionals aimed at serving people with disabilities during the pandemic. We also created activities aimed at addressing the issue of remote learning for students with visual impairments. It was amazing! Everyone is excited about this inclusion tool.

Another novelty is that we now have an exclusive hotsite for the Lego Braille Bricks Program, which will not only allow access to content, but also to download materials and send messages for information requests about execution, partnership, use and spoken versions of materials.

And do you remember the students Gabi and Lara from Graded, The American School of São Paulo? They helped our cause a lot by publicizing the Campaign on GlobalGiving. In addition, the action led by them appeared in the school yearbook as an example of "best practices developed by students in the year 2020/2021." ! It's cute, isn't it?

And all this was only possible because “you” were with us all the time! Your contribution is a great gift for people who are blind and have low vision.

We also count on your support in this challenging time that we are going through...!

 

Thank you,

Elisangela Sousa

Fundraising Coordinator


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Hello, I hope you are all well!

2020 is behind us, but we continue the challenge of difficult and sad days here in Brazil, but this did not discourage us.

Thanks to the donations we received from you in 2020, we were able to afford some operational expenses (storage, distribution, fees, etc.) with the arrival of the first 5,000 kits received from the LEGO Foundation. We are grateful for your donation!

So far we have managed to send some kits to Salvador-Bahia and have started training teachers through lives and online courses.

We are very happy to have started this project, as it will contribute to the learning and social life of blind children in society, especially when they return to schools this year. That is why we depend on your help to speed up this distribution and training process.

The good news is that many people believe that practicing charity is good for you. Since February, we have had special support for the dissemination of this project by a group of 7th grade students from the Graded, the American School of São Paulo, who wanted to make a positive impact in the world. They created their Instagram, Fundraiser Service Learning and reached out to the Dorina Foundation to help us fund our Braille Bricks project!

See below the beautiful testimony of the leaders of this initiative:

 “I am a student from Graded, The American School of São Paulo. For years, I have helped the Dorina Foundation with my grandmother and father. With that, Lara and I decided to bring this project to our Service Learning class! Now, all of us are incredibly passionate about this project. It has been an honor to be able to help this awesome foundation. Being able to see the happiness in the kids we help brings me so much joy! For people with visual impairment, physicalities don’t matter; your height, weight, how you look, none of that makes a difference! I find that so incredible, these children, they teach me everyday while I am able to continue to support them, daily! ” Gabi and Lara, student leaders of Fundraiser Service Learning

Incredible, isn't it? Children helping children! This is fantastic!

Do like Gabi and Lara, support our project and be responsible for maintaining the smile of inclusion in Brazil. Share our donation campaign with your friends and family:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/braille-bricks-a-toy-for-blind-children-literacy/.

We need you on this inclusive journey! Our children thank you for your contribution.

Hugs,

Elis Sousa

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Firts of all I hope you're well.
We live in a pandemic period, in which we had to adapt to new habits, especially social coexistence.
The Dorina Nowill Foundation has had its face-to-face service totally reduced in order to ensure the safety of our blind customers and employees. There was a gradual return to face-to-face and online service in August, but we will reduce it again due to the increase in cases of Covid.

During this period, the LEGO Braille Bricks project was directly impacted by being a teaching and interaction tool for blind children in public schools in Brazil. With the pandemic, schools suspended all activities, thus postponing distribution to the 2021 school year.

The LEGO Braille Bricks tools arrived in Brazil in mid-November and, therefore, we planned some deliveries for the online training with the public school teachers until the classroom return.

We have not yet reached our goal for the total distribution of the kits and more than ever we need your support and everyone.

Share our campaign with your friends and family:
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/braille-bricks-a-toy-for-blind-children-literacy/.
Be responsible for maintaining the smile of inclusion in Brazil and in the world. Hope is the light of darkness.

We need you on this journey!

Thank you very much!

Dorina Nowill Foundation

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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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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!


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