John Dalton was a scientist who was born on 6th September 1766. He was the first person known to realise colour blindness exists. As a scientist he became aware that neither he nor his brother saw colours the same way as everyone else. He thought this was because they had blue liquid in their eyes and Dalton left his eyes to science so that people could find out when he died. They didn’t! However, Dalton did understand that because both he and his brother were affected that their condition must be hereditary. Over 150 years later DNA proved he had inherited colour blindness. Colour blindness is also known as Daltonism in his memory.
From a standing start when we conceived the idea of the first Colour Blind Awareness Day in 2015, we’re amazed to have achieved 37 million social media impressions in 2021! We couldn’t have done this without the help and support of thousands of individuals and some amazing ambassadors and corporate supporters.
We’d love to keep the momentum growing with your help. Find out below how we’ve been celebrating Colour Blind Awareness Day over the years and read on to find out how you can join in this year.
As usual we’re working with many high profile partners to raise awareness of colour blindness on the big day. In recent years we’re concentrated upon the challenges for colour blind people in sport but this year we’re planning a wider message which we hope everyone will want to share.
You can find our main Twitter/X post here
Don’t forget to check back here our social media accounts (below) on the day to share our video and message.
Please let us know what you will be doing via our social media accounts as we’d love to share your posts too. Please use the hashtags from 2022 which you relate to the most. Thank you!
We’re also now on Threads (@colourblindorg).
As usual we’ll be working with our lovely ambassadors and partners to raise awareness on 6th September, but how can you join in?
Any way you want!
Please share any information/your thoughts and/or other social media content far and wide. Remember to copy us in @colourblindorg on Twitter and Instagram and to use our hashtags, especially #ColourBlindAwarenessDay or #ColorBlindAwarenessDay so we can keep track on the day.
Don’t forget to share other hashtags too.
#Iam1in12 #Iam1in200 (if you are colour blind and you want to let people know)
#1in12boys #1in12men #1in200girls #1in200women
…. and if you’re interested in sport
- Look out for videos and messages of support from sports clubs large and small. Please help raise awareness by sharing messages from your favourite club.
- Join in – whether your club is large or small, football, rugby, hockey or any sport, it can join in by sharing our templates on the day with your own club logo embedded – for more information see the Colour Blind Awareness Day 2022 page of our TACBIS project partners website.
- Don’t miss videos on our social media channels of our amazing ambassadors learning about colour blindness and how it can impact their performance.
More information to follow shortly!
WOW – 37 million social media impressions achieved! Thank you everyone!