Jessica Tabinor accessible recruitment
ACCESSIBILITY | 5 MIN READ
We interview Morson's Digital Marketer, Nathan Baldwin on how colour blindness affects him
Discover how we are helping to break down barriers with our new accessibility software
Watch the video demonstrating the features
Many people living with colour blindness will have stories of how their visual impairment affects their working life on a daily basis. This can be anything from being unable to read colour organised charts and graphs to struggling to design content. But here at Morson, we want to make sure we remove any barriers that may hinder people living with colour blindness from finding their dream job.
Colour blindness impacts people in different ways, but as 7% of people worldwide have a low-level visual impairment, it’s something we need to address.
In the UK about 4.5% of the population is colour blind, most of whom are men. That’s because colour blindness is more common amongst men (around 1 in 12), than women (around 1 in 200). There are many different types of colour blindness, however, the most common type is red/green colour blind.
To find out more about how colour blindness can affect individuals, we spoke to one of our own, Digital Marketer, Nathan Baldwin…
What type of colour blindness do you have? What colours are the worst etc?
The colours I struggle with the most is differentiating between blue/purple, red/brown and also green/orange. However, if there are distinct differences in the colours i.e. bright blue and dark purple I will be able to tell the difference. It’s more a difficulty in identifying subtle differences between colours.
When did you discover you were colour blind?
I discovered I was colour blind at around the age of 13 when my high school conducted some routine eye tests. Then found out that both my Grandad, his Dad and my Cousin are also colour blind – so It must run in the family!
Does your colour blindness ever affect you at work? If so, in what instance?
Yes, it definitely does. Sometimes my job requires me to work with logos and brand guidelines which can be really challenging. If I need to use colours that adhere to brand guidelines I usually have to use the colour code (HEX) of each individual colour to make sure I am certain that it will be exactly right.
Also, when I’m putting together styles for the website I have to check with colleagues that certain colours look good together as I may be seeing them very differently to what they actually look like.
What can businesses do differently to make their websites more inclusive to people with colour blindness?
I think just acknowledging that people who are using websites every day have various different sight problems. A lot of websites have sight accessibility software where the words are read out for you to hear but very few cater for colour blindness as this is a lot harder to implement.
There are Accessibility tools that help differentiate certain colours on websites, so people can easily identify certain colours. However, the best solution I have found is using the hex or colour code to find the exact colours I need.
How are we breaking down barriers?
We’ve implemented ReciteMe, an innovative cloud-based web accessibility tool that lets you customise how your website looks offering a suite of accessibility tools, including solutions for visitors with dyslexia, visual impairment and learning difficulties. We’re using this innovative technology to help make recruitment accessible to everyone and ensure that our content is inclusive for everyone.
One of ReciteMe’s main features is that it has the ability to change colours on your website to make it easier for people with colour blindness to read. Depending on the severity of the impairment, you can choose to change the background colour, the writing colour or both.
Check out the example below!