I have an idea for a book that involves a kid with colorblindness. I haven’t got it all sorted out just yet but it will involve more than just the trials and tribulations of wearing mismatched socks. Still, because it’s been on my mind for the last few weeks, I figured I’d bring it up here since a lot of people don’t really understand what colorblindness is or how it’s even identified.
First, I do see colors. While there are some people who only see in shades of gray, most “colorblind” folks are like me and just have difficulty with some colors. To give you an example, if you were to paint a wall completely red, and then write a word on that wall with green paint, It would be tough for me to spot.
Below are some slides from the Ishihara Colorblindness test. If you see the same things I see, you’re probably colorblind.
Okay, *rubs hands together* let’s start:
|I SEE THE NUMBER 16|
|I don't see anything|
|Um ... a squirrel?|
|I don't like this game.|
|I see circle with dots. Lots and lots of stupid dots!|
|I see rage. Just rage.|
|I see the squirrel again, only I better not say what it's doing. Bad Squirrel! BAD!|
Okay, that was a bit more depressing than I thought it would be. I usually can see a couple of the numbers in those circles (yes, you're supposed to see numbers in there). If you're like me and only see something in the first circle, please stand by. Your "Trust Me, I'm Colorblind" T-Shirt is in the mail.
That said, I can't end this blog post without giving colorblind folks an edge. There have been some studies that suggested colorblindness can be an advantageous
Color blindness is not always a disadvantage, according to University of Calgary primatologist Amanda Melin and her colleagues, who found that wild color-blind capuchins in Costa Rica are better at detecting camouflaged insects than individuals with broader color vision.
HA! You know what that means? It means that when the end of the world really does come, and everyone is living off of insects, my troop of colorblind hobos (yes I plan to have just such a troop) and I will be eating the bugs that none of you guys can see! So there.