Proven Guide to Support Children With Color Vision Deficiency
The GUIDE is for parents who want to get the best start in life for their child without spending hours and days searching about color blindness on the internet or getting random advice on social networks that might not work for their child.
Part 1: For Parents
6. Additional Information
HOW TO DESIGN YOUR CHILD'S BEDROOM?
Colorblind individuals are able to identify bright colors more easily than dim hues. Play smartly with colors in dark and light combinations to maintain a perfect contrast ratio. Using a good contrast between the colors is one of the most important factors, but as you can see in the image below some of these color combinations are not good.
Here are some color combinations that you should NOT use while choosing a color palette:
Green & Red
Green & Brown
Blue & Purple
Light Green & Yellow
Blue & Grey
Green & Grey
Grey and Yellow
LET'S REVIEW A FEW GOOD EXAMPLES:
Here are some BAD examples:
COLORBLIND-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS TREE?
Traditionally, Christmas is all about green Christmas trees decorated with different color ornaments, red, gold, silver, and blue. The most common type of color blindness that affects people relates to green and red colors. So how do colorblind people see all these things?
Colorblind people see pretty glowy lights even if they don't know what color to call them. For some people, the white lights stick out the most, and blue lights can look cool because they're so different.
Our suggestion for designing your Christmas tree is:
Take your child to somewhere where they already have all the decorations up and casually ask your child to pick his/her favorite, without directly asking about his/her color vision to understand his/her color preference. If it's possible, your child can have his/her Christmas tree and design it in the way that they like.
Sarah is a colorblind designer who designed the color name stickers for colorblind users. She also has a collection of products that you can purchase for your child, or for yourself to increase awareness.
Some of the products are suitable for teachers as a good reminder that there are colorblind students in the class. It could be a phone case, a mug, a t-shirt, a cap, a laptop sticker, or a notebook.
Have a look at her gift ideas for colorblind people collection:
Find the discount coupon here:
COLOR BLINDNESS IN SPORT
From the grassroots to the highest professional level, color blindness can impact the performance of players and coaches.
Reds and greens both appear ‘brown’. Many color combinations cause similar problems. Reds can appear black, light green, and orange can look yellow, and pink can be mistaken for blue, green, or grey.
As sport is a very visual activity for which the ability to distinguish between colors is critical.
The good news is that implementing procedures to assist and protect those with color blindness in sports is relatively simple. For example, avoid choosing team kits that clash, and don’t use a color ball that CVD players and viewers can’t make out easily.
In this part, I want to share a few videos that we made for our colorblind adult students. They are informative and motivational videos that explain what is colors and how we see colors. These videos can give you a broader perspective on human color vision, how it affects our lives, and what are the existing ‘treatments’ for color deficiency out there.
We made these videos to change colorblind people's perspectives on colors in a positive way. Most colorblind adults keep their condition a secret and it's due to their bad experiences in many color-related situations.
Your child might have some questions about colors, and by knowing this information you can help them to know more about colors and their condition in a positive way.
DO YOU THINK COLORS REALLY EXIST?
White light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum. It has all the colors of the rainbow.
RAINBOW appears in seven colors because water droplets break white sunlight into the seven colors of the spectrum.
BLUE COLOR DIDN'T EXIST
There was no blue, not in the way that we know the color. It wasn't distinguished from green or darker shades.
Sight is one of our senses that helps us to get information about what is going on around us. But what about insects and animals? Do they see the same as us?
TREATMENT FOR COLOR BLINDNESS
Is there any cure for color blindness?
HOW CAN I BE AN ARTIST IF I'M COLORBLIND?
I made this video for our students that want to be artists or have color-related careers. In this video, we try to show them that there is no limit to being an artist. I share this video here because maybe your child wants to be an artist and I don't want you to think it's not possible.