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Although color blindness affects 8% of males and 1 out of 200 females, approximately 40% of color blind persons remain undiagnosed. The NAACBP advocates for early testing in primary schools to properly diagnose color blindness in children. Additionally, we work to educate parents, teachers, and the general public about properly and sensitively dealing with color blind children.
When color blindness goes undetected, students can face serious issues in the classroom that can result in lower grades and a lack of self-esteem. Additionally, undiagnosed persons may choose a career path that does not permit color blind people to be a part of, such as the military.
Teachers normally do not receive any training regarding interaction with color blind students and many are not aware that their students may have the condition. Often, teachers will mistake the behavior of color blind students, such as coloring in worksheets in a different color than they have been instructed, for a learning disability or misbehavior. Furthermore, teachers often use color as an instructional tool in the classroom, using colored graphs and charts. Color blind students will not be able to follow along and may be too embarrassed to inform their teachers about the problem. In physical education classes, students may have trouble distinguishing between teams if they are given colored uniforms. Exams may require that students identify color, and color blind students grades can be affected by their condition. The NAACBP works to educate parents and teachers about these problems.
Textbooks often use colored diagrams, maps, and charts that color blind students have difficulty distinguishing. The NAACBP works to bring textbook companies into compliance with color blind-friendly standards.
Additionally, the NAACBP works to ensure that crayon, colored pencil, and marker companies properly label their supplies to assist color blind students in the classroom.