NMWA becomes first organization in the state to offer accessibility to the colorblind

JACKSON, Wyo. — The National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) has partnered with EnChroma to help color blind guests experience a fuller range of colors in the artwork. EnChroma’s patented lens technology is engineered with special optical filters that help people with color blindness see an expanded range of colors more vibrantly, clearly and distinctly.

The Museum is the first organization in the state of Wyoming to offer accessibility to the colorblind through the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program. Currently, NMWA carries two adult and one children’s pair of Enchroma’s glasses.

Statistics indicate that one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%) are color vision deficient; an estimated 13 million in the United States and 350 million worldwide. While people with normal color vision see over one million shades of color, those with color vision deficiency are estimated to see only about 10% of hues and shades.

With a population of 10,553 in Jackson Hole, that means about 448 are color blind. Roughly 2.6 million tourists visit Jackson Hole annually with over 110,00 color blind.

“We’re grateful to be able to offer this program to our visitors to enhance their museum experience and see art from a different angle,” said Steve Seamons, Museum Director. “Looking at the difference of Caravan (Owl) by Peter Gerakaris with the glasses and without, really puts things in perspective.”

 

 

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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