Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed a campaign to improve support for young people with colour blindness.
Gwynne joined campaigners from Colour Blind Awareness at a parliamentary event last week. At the event, Gwynne tried on glasses that simulate colour blindness, and tried to complete a number of tasks and questions from a Key Stage 3 practise paper.
Students are no longer screened for colour blindness in schools, and it is estimated that 80% of colour blind students are undiagnosed when they enter secondary school (year 7). Gwynne is now calling on the Government to do more to support young people who are colour blind both in Education and sports.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I was absolutely shocked to see the impact that colour-blindness had on my ability to complete tasks and practise test papers.
It’s not acceptable that young people could be left struggling in a classroom because of undiagnosed colour blindness.
The Government needs to do more to ensure that no child is left behind, and that young people get the support they need to thrive in the classroom. I’ll keep doing all I can to raise the issue in Parliament.