Color Discrimination

RP Truths #019: Asking me if that shirt is black, navy, blue or dark purple is NOT a good idea.
RP Truths #019: Asking me if that shirt is black, navy, blue or dark purple is NOT a good idea.

This is something I struggled with for awhile but I’m starting to find different tips and tricks to help. Actually, my Mom is the creative genius behind most of them. Telling the difference between my black and brown pants is impossible. Literally. I cannot tell the difference. You could hand me the same pair of pants multiple times and if I knew I had to choose between brown and black I would probably tell you a different color each time. I literally cannot tell the difference. The same goes with my black and navy blue suit jackets. The only way I can independently tell the difference in those is because one has a green liner and the other doesn’t. For my pants though, my Mom always helps me put my brown pants on the top shelf of my closet and the black pants on the bottom. She then helps me organize all the brown shirts by the brown pants. When I don’t have her around to help me as much, I’m brainstorming different ways to do this. I am working with an Independent Living Teacher and a few ways are: cut the labels in the shape of a triangle for different colors, put different kinds of laundry resistant puff type paint on the labels, put a special kind of label that a reader can scan, etc. There is something called the Pen Friend that my Independent Living Teacher was going to recommend that would have labels that I could put on different household items and I could also order a special pack of labels for laundry, and that way when I used the pen friend to scan over the label, it would give me information about it that we had already recorded. Pretty cool huh? I’m still waiting to see if this got approved for me or not, we will see. If it didn’t, I may go ahead and put it on my Christmas List or something.

But yes, color discrimination is becoming harder and harder for me. I also have trouble with reds, pinks, oranges, etc., but I know the way my different tops feel that are these colors and therefore can distinguish them that way.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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