by Lucas Steuber, MA-T, MS SLP/CF
I have a disability. It’s kind of a silly one. Are you ready?
Specifically, I have an M-Cone Reduction Deuteranomaly, which about 1.2 percent of men have and 0.02% of women. The gender difference is because the genetic disorder is on the X chromosome; women have two of them, which means it’s likely that one of the chromosomes has the “correct” gene.
I said above that colorblindness is a “silly” disability – and relative to most, it really is. However it is a disability in that it prevents me from doing some things that people with normal color vision can do. It dashed my dreams of being a pilot after about ten hours of flight lessons because commercial airlines don’t hire colorblind pilots. My general fear of being strapped to an explosion that catapults me through the air at fatal velocity might have also impaired my eventual ability to be a pilot, but that’s a different story. Colorblindness also impairs my ability to match my tie to my suit, my ability to compliment my wife’s dresses in the expected way, and I’m pretty well convinced that you’ve all invented the idea of “purple” as an elaborate prank. Continue reading