Advice Sheet for Early Years and Primary Teachers (Colour Blindness)
Colour Blind Awareness
Colour Blind Awareness provides advice and support to colour blind people and their families and offers pupils screening, training and advice services for teachers, schools. We also advise businesses in how to become ‘colour blind friendly’.
Colour blindness is one of the world’s most common genetic condition affecting over 300 million people (c.3m in UK). One in 12 men and 1 in 200 women inherit colour blindness yet it is a poorly understood condition.
Colour blindness is in most instances a SEN and a disability yet few teachers are aware of the impact it can have on learning, despite there being at least one colour blind child in every UK classroom. Children with other SEN can also be colour blind.
Without proper support a colour blind child will not only face discrimination in exams, miss vital information in the classroom and be at a disadvantage in sport but recent research from City University has also shown a significant impact upon wellbeing and quality of life.