Albinism

Albinism

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Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition which occurs worldwide, regardless of ethnicity or gender. It most commonly results in the lack of melanin pigment in the hair, skin and eyes, causing vulnerability to sun exposure.

Person with AlbinismPeople with albinism have vision problems that are not correctable with eyeglasses, and many have low vision. The degree of impairment varies with the different types of albinism. Although people with albinism may be considered “legally blind”, most learn to use their vision in a variety of ways and are able to perform normal daily activities.

Because most people with albinism have fair complexions, it’s important to avoid sun damage to the skin and eyes by taking precautions such as wearing sunscreen or sunblock, hats, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing.

Situations and Solutions: A new hire at an event planning company had very low vision due to albinism. Her new job required her to review and sign various forms and contracts from multiple companies. During her interview she disclosed that she would need some form of portable magnification accommodation. When hired, she was accommodated with a mini handheld video magnifier and a dome magnifier for her desk.

Note: Link to AskJAN for more information about Albinism.

Here are some devices that relate to this article that are available for loan:

Pebble Mini Handheld Magnifier
The OttLite: Natural Daylight Lamp
Colored Overlays
Sunglasses Fitovers
CCTV Merlin HD 17"
EZSee Large Print Keyboard
Dome Magnifier

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including free and low cost items.


Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager

Oklahoma ABLE Tech

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: rgcarr@okstate.edu

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Department of Wellness

Oklahoma State University

1514 W. Hall of Fame,

Stillwater, OK 74078

Phone: 800.257.1705

Email: linda.jaco@okstate.edu