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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.
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 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.
Call Oklahoma ABLE Tech (800-257-1705) for accommodation ideas or to borrow assistive technology. ABLE Tech’s AT Device Demonstration and Short-Term Loan Program works just like a book library. Here are some devices that relate to this article:
Pebble Mini Handheld Magnifier
Nitewriter Lighted Pen
The OttLite: Natural Daylight Lamp
CCTV Merlin HD 17"
VisioBook Port Video Magnifier
EZSee Large Print Keyboard
Need funding to assist in the purchase of assistive devices? Oklahoma ABLE Tech offers a comprehensive online guide for Oklahoma Funding for AT. Additionally, ABLE Tech, in partnership with Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation (OkAT) and BancFirst of Stillwater, offers Financial Loans to purchase assistive technology. Several programs of funding are available, all with LOW interest rate and flexible repayment terms, as well as special qualification opportunities for applicants who might not qualify for a traditional bank loan. For questions on the Financial Loan opportunities, call Shelley Gladden for more information at 800-257-1705.
Rob Carr, Accessibility Coordinator
Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs