In nearly every classroom sits at least one student who is unable to distinguish between certain colors. This incurable, genetic, and sex-linked condition is particularly frustrating in science class, a subject in which color discrimination is frequently required. Teachers are often unaware of this invisible disability, which many "colorblind" students try to keep secret in order to avoid embarrassment. There are a number of modifications a science teacher can make to reduce, or in some instances remove, barriers to learning for colorblind students. In addition, a simple, free test may help identify young children who have color difficulties, so they may begin to receive assistance in learning to cope with their inherited vision perception. This article promotes National Science Education Content Standards A and G and Iowa Teaching Standards 3, 4, and 5.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2006 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"Colorblindness: Invisible Disability,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 33
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol33/iss1/6