Prince George writer pens book about colour blindness from a child's perspective

Anne Scott Watkinson says through her research she was reassured that her son "could still see the beauty of the world, it was just a little bit different."

Author says colour blindness can be 'cool'

Anne Scott Watkinson began writing a book about colour blindness from a child's point of view after her son Sam (shown here) was diagnosed 13 years ago. (Anne Scott Watkinson)

When Anne Scott Watkinson's son was told he had colour blindness, the Prince George writer went to the local library to research the condition — but she couldn't find much.

So she started to write her own book.

"What I really wanted was information and reassurance," said Watkinson, whose book Colourblind! For Kids: Colourblindness Through the Eyes of a Child was recently published after more than a decade in the works.

Watkinson told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen that the book is written for children between approximately eight and 12 years old and is written in the voice of a child.

The book has a section that gives some of the benefits of being colour blind. (Anne Scott Watkinson)

She said the book includes information on what it's like when an optometrist determines that a person is colour blind, as well as information about what it is and why it happens.

Those who have colour blindness have difficulties distinguishing certain colours, most often shades of red or green. Blue colour-blindness, and seeing only shades of black, white and grey are very rare.

"In the book I've included some pictures of what things look like to people with normal colour vision, and what they look like to people with colour blindness, which I found really reassuring, that my son could still see the beauty of the world, it was just a little bit different," she said.

'Cool to be colour blind'

She said her son, who is now 23, suggested having an exclamation mark in the title of the book to show that "it actually can be kind of cool to be colourblind."

There is even a section of the book titled "Cool to be colour blind!" that lists four reasons why it's cool to be colour blind.

"It can help you see through camouflage, because colours aren't as meaningful to you, you're focusing on patterns, shapes and movement," she said.

"Often, in World War II, the Allies used to actually recruit colour-blind soldiers, put them in planes and fly them over Germany to get them to spot camouflaged German encampments."  

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