What is color blindness?
Color blindness is not blindness at all, but rather a condition that prevents a person from distinguishing certain colors from each other. Color blindness most commonly occurs when the color-detecting nerve cells in the back of the eye (cones) do not respond appropriately to certain wavelengths of light that allow for color vision.
Color blindness affects:
Over 350 million people worldwide
1 in 12 are male 1 in 200 are female
THERE ARE SEVERAL BOOKS ABOUT COLOR BLINDNESS FOR KIDS AVAILABLE
(We provide this list by searching and you need to make sure about the quality of each book by yourself).
Erik the Red Sees Green: A Story About Color Blindness by Julie Anderson and David Lopez | Sep 1, 2013
Exuberant redhead Erik always tries his best, but he just can’t understand why he’s missing homework questions at school and messing up at soccer practice. Then one day in art class everyone notices that Erik’s painted a picture of himself with green hair! It turns out he’s not just creative, he’s color blind, too. Color blindness, also known as Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), affects a significant percentage of the population. The tendency to color-code learning materials in classrooms can make it especially hard for kids with CVD. But once Erik is diagnosed, he and his parents, teachers, coach, and classmates figure out solutions that work with his unique way of seeing, and soon he’s back on track.
All About Color Blindness: A Guide to Color Vision Deficiency for Kids (and Grown-ups too) Kindle Edition | by Karen Rae Levine
Corey, a fourth-grader, explains how his color deficiency caused problems in kindergarten. Along the way Corey learns about the special way he sees colors. His color confusion is a physical condition that many people share. It has nothing to do with how smart he is and he doesn't let it get in his way. Corey's story is followed by a simple explanation of CVD--what it is, how many people have it, how they got it, the kind of problems it might cause and suggestions about how to deal with CVD at home, at school and everywhere you go. Find out about testing for CVD too. MOM'S CHOICE AWARD, Next Generation Indie Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award. Endorsed by the nation's leading color vision experts.
Seeing Color: It's My Rainbow, Too Paperback |September 15, 2003
by Arlene Evans
Seeing Color: It's My Rainbow, Too is the first book for children on the subject of color vision deficiency (CVD), commonly called "colorblindness," which affects 1:12 males and 1:200 females worldwide.
Designed for the 9-12 year old, the book contains valuable information for older children and can be read to and discussed with younger children.
Linda on Facebook:
My son has just been diagnosed as being red-green colorblind. He’s at school and is five. So far, we’ve only discussed that “sometimes he sees some colors differently” but he’s increasingly getting aware that this happens a lot. Have you any suggestions as to what an age-appropriate explanation might be for him? I don’t want him to feel lacking in some way or scared, but I think it would help him cope more if he had some kind of understanding of what to expect. I’d be very grateful for any suggestions you could give.
Let me guess what questions you have in mind as a parent with a colorblind child:
How do I explain this to him?
How do I understand how he sees the world? (I can't seem to get my head around this.)
Should I make any changes around the house?
Should I point him in any direction/away from some activities?
Does he need any visual aids?
What kind of doctor should I take him to?
You probably searched a lot till now and talked with a few people about it, but how much you can trust the advice that you get from people on the internet?
I saw many responses to these types of questions and let's review some of them together:
I often buy yellow accessories and clothing. It’s pretty popular right now so easy to find.
As a colorblind person, I'd suggest not avoiding red or green. Give your child as many colors as YOU like, he will perceive them in his/her way. Your child might find a favorite color besides yellow or blue...
Please don’t make this a sad thing- he/she can see many colors in sunsets and rainbows, just sees them differently.
Nothing to be heartbroken about. I'm a red-green CD and I wasn't diagnosed till I was 13. Never been a huge issue, usually, I just ask if I don't know the color or can see/find the one I'm looking for.
Don’t stress out. Your child doesn’t know what's missing unless someone tells him. Seeing the world differently can be a gift.
If you can afford it, I highly recommend the colorblind glasses.
"Hello. I am completely colorblind- I see no colors at all. I don't know any different and I am used to it. A sunrise or sunset is nothing special to me at all, but I don't feel sad about it. I appreciate the shapes and smells of flowers."
Tell his teachers when he goes to school. Most things in pre-school/early elementary are color-coded (ex: count the green triangles). Also, make sure to never peel the labels off of the crayons.
Maybe you agree with some of the points above or maybe not. The question is, what advice sounds right for you because they all can have a long-term effect on your child's life.
What Do You Need?
Colorblind children can only rely on the support of their parents to learn about colors. If your child is colorblind, you need to learn more about color deficiency and get the best advice to help your child in this journey.
The good news is, COLORWILL company created online courses and training for colorblind adults and artists and recently started to work on a project to help parents with colorblind children.
The online training will be divided into 3 - sections:
1. What parents need to know?
All the necessary information for parents. As a parent, you need to learn the right information to be able to understand your child's condition to be able to give the best support to your child. In this section, you can watch several videos to understand what is color deficiency by seeing examples and learning step-by-step processes to help your child.
Impact of Color Blindness
What to do first?
Informative Videos About Colors
See From The Eyes Of A Colorblind
Types Of Color Blindness
How To Share The News?
Do And Don't As A Parent
25 Actions To Help Your Child
Action Step - Game-training
To learn more Click Here
2. Education materials and videos for children
Fun & engaging videos for children. We made a new method of learning about colors to help colorblind children from an early age. In the videos, they will watch songs and animations to help them know the colors of different things, (colorblind people memorize the colors of the things).
The most important part of this section is that there is a video that explains colorblindness to kids by bringing some examples of people that have supervision, and showing how color blindness is a unique vision. Children can even watch this video at school to increase awareness about this unique condition.
Education For Children
Color blindness Explained for Children
Primary & Secondary Colors Musical Videos
Color Of Things
Draw With Me
3. Tips for Teachers/or Schools with Colorblind Students
We share valuable tips & advice for teachers to provide the best learning practice to colorblind students' at kindergartens and schools.