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Colour blindness and accessibility

From: Lois Wakeman <lois@lois.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 11:17:10 +0100
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Someone contacted me via my web site and asked if I could give any examples
of how colour blindness affects people in their work - not just web sites,
but office and industrial equipment etc. Is there anyone here who can
provide her with some practical examples?
If so, please contact Ingeborg Marie Dehs Thomas at immelie@hotmail.com.

See below for the original email.

Lois Wakeman
http://lois.co.uk
http://siteusability.com
http://communicationarts.co.uk



I am a graduate in product design and am presently doing a project for the
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in Holland. The aim of the project
is to create awareness and enthusiasm around their policy to enhance the
work environment for all. (For more information, please go to www.ydi.nl )
I have chosen colourblind as my main target group. I have searched the web
about colourblindness, which is how I have found your contact details. While
I do feel a little wiser about colourbindness on a general level, I am still
very keen on understanding how the everyday life at work is for someone who
is colourblind.
I am wondering if you can help me to find information about the little
annoying things of a colourblind person's everyday life. Things that
designers just never thought about during the design process (while dyslexia
is very common in art schools, I doubt that colourblindness is).
I am unaware as whether colourblindness is even considered a disability, but
I hope to be able to improve a product or situation that may have been
overlooked by others, and that still may be annoying for colourblind.

I  look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Ingeborg Marie (Emily) Dehs Thomas
Received on Tuesday, 29 April 2003 06:17:15 GMT

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