HOW DID YOU LEARN YOUR COLOURS?
Does every person perceive the same colour or intensity of colour? Most people with colour blindness have a sufferer in silence syndrome. Why? Because the non-colour blind fail to understand colour blindness!
I don't know how many times I have been asked, when people found out I was colour blind, how do I differentiate between the red and green traffic lights? Well, we are colour blind, not idiots! (Red at top and green at bottom- however no one has EVER asked me what colours we do see at the traffic lights? For me red is orange and the green is white! I was also asked on one occasion that do I see in outline? (And that was by a doctor) Now do see why we do not admit we are colour blind?
Despite the experts stating colour blindness is not a serious issue, try telling that to a kindergarten child who cannot perceive colours like those of their friends, or an employee trying to cope with a colour coded system and will not admit it, for fear of loosing their job.
Research has shown that 90% of females who carry the defective colour gene are completely unaware of the fact. Yet, other research also found that females who carry the defective gene, are better equipped to colour discriminate than those who do not carry the gene.
COLOUR WHO CARES?
If you are creating some books, signs, web pages or information, the following page "COLOUR OUR WORLD" is a guide that may help you.
Remember if we can not see it, we are not going to buy it.
If we can not read it, we are not going to need it.
Size of the colour, lighting or positioning of signs etc; is also critical as low or strong light may also alter colour perception.
There are many hints and help we can give you as a parent for your child or to a teacher with colour blindness issues.
However a parent of a colour blind child needs to be able to assist their children with normal colour perception but let the children in their own way re-program their brain from the perceived colours to the normal colours. Then help them develop a colour sense of humour!
That is, help them with the normal colour spectrum, the position or shape you most likely find them in, and let them work it out. A problem DOES exist however when we have no clues to a colour that is relative to those of known object or position. So lets have some secondary clues (see next page colour our world)