Seth Porges, a contributor to Forbes, reviewed the color blindness-correcting EnChroma eyewear in 2015. Porges and his brother, both of whom have mild deuteranomaly, both said the glasses made most objects look much more vibrant. He says brick walls, previous brown, finally looked red to him! I was most interested in the video embedded in this article, where a father of three is overwhelmed after he tries on the EnChroma glasses!
These are tips for teachers with color blind students. It shows that slight modifications in the classroom, such as labeling art supplies or using white paper can make all the difference. Number 7 is the most important, where it encourages the teacher to educate all students on what color blindness really is. I think that would be a fantastic conversation piece to begin a science lesson on light or the anatomy of the eye!
Do you think you might be color blind? Color-Blindness.com has five unofficial online tests you can check out. The first of five tests is the Ishihara plates, most recognized for its disc of dots and numbers. Try these for fun, but remember, only a licensed physician can truly diagnose color blindness. It was interesting to learn there were so many tests out there!
Varda Epstein’s blog post raises the question whether color blindness is a learning disability. In fact, since color blindness is not officially listed as a disability, Epstein is in favor of legislation to include it. She also discusses its prevalence of misdiagnosis as other learning or developmental disabilities as well. I love how her bottom line is for parents to get their children tested for color blindness by first grade.
BuzzFeedBlue spoke to a few color blind individuals (young men and women) about their unique personal experiences. This is a short, upbeat testimonial video, but it’s interesting to see how many of the same questions color blind individuals receive on a regular basis. Being color blind myself, I could relate to the “what color is this?” game! It also touches upon the unique nature of color blindness, where the color deficiency experiences can vastly differ between people.
Dr. Gupta begins this helpful post by addressing the difference between color blindness and achromatopsia (rare form of color blindness where people only see shades of gray). I found Dr. Gupta’s description of both conditions to be very articulate, so it can be used for explaining it to children and adults alike. Most importantly, the post points out how certain colors of chalk or marker used on the blackboard or whiteboard may not be readable to color blind students.
Animesh Tripathi, embarked on a mission to optimize digital content for color blind individuals. Watch how Tripathi experiments with different algorithms to allow for adjustments to color schemes. He shares an in-depth PowerPoint presentation explaining his research and findings. I loved how he shared his motivation for the project—the fact that his own red-green color blindness prevented him from enlisting in the Indian Air Force. Now that is a positive, proactive spin on the situation!
The non-profit education company from the U.K., Colour Blind Awareness, hosts this great page for primary school teachers with color blind students. It provides two key stages in identifying students with possible color deficiencies. I was pleased to see geography maps, board games, and color-driven activities mentioned as very revealing. The page also points out how color blindness plays a role in every subject or class, so it is important to communicate with other faculty members.