Albinism is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition that 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.
People 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 a 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.
Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager
Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs