Radnor Lake State Park in Nashville launches viewfinder for color blind

Radnor Lake State Park debuted Tennessee’s 13th colorblind sight Thursday just in time for the fall foliage.

Nicole Whitehead attended the unveiling with her 12-year-old color blind son Jordan. She explained how frustrated he becomes when he can’t see things the same way his sister does.

“They see everything so silent. We see everything so bright,” she said.

Radnor’s sight is the first ADA accessible color blind sight in Tennessee. It has special EnChroma lens technology to help people who have red and green deficiency due to color blindness.

Jordan said looking through the viewfinder was “amazing”.

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Donald Tate reacts and explains what he saw through the 13th colorblind sight at Radnor Lake State Park on Thursday, October 28, 2021, to test the sight.

“When I look at the trees right now I point to the tree that looks leaning over, all I see is like a few greens and a few yellows, but when I looked in there it was a whole different world, ”he said. noted. “It was like green, red, all over it.”

The sights are paid for by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, which has been install them since 2017. They cost around $ 3,000.

“We’re excited today that you can experience it because we know that one in 12 men and one in 200 women are color blind,” said Mark Ezell, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at the event Thursday. .

The view through devices is different for each person with color blindness, depending on the department. Many see a wider range of colors with greater vividness. Depending on the severity of the color deficiency, others may not see a difference.

John Nagy reacts after telling reporters he saw no difference in the colorblind viewfinder at Radnor Lake State Park on Thursday, October 28, 2021, in Nashville.  Nagy thinks he might be one of the few guys who can't see the colors.

Wayne Baird, who is color blind, said he appreciates kind gestures like these. He said employers had refused to hire him previously after he struggled to see different shades of red and green.

“Very grateful to the state for recognizing what some would call a disability and what others would not call a disability,” Baird said. “They put money into this, and it makes me feel good.”

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