In your own way-how would you describe a rainbow to a blind person?

Philippines
October 18, 2008 5:58pm CST
My daughter has just ended her first semester of her first year in college. This was a bonus question in her Psychology class. If a student could answer it, he/she will get extra points. I think,there will be no wrong answer but maybe the professor has criteria...for me,I dont know,how will I describe the colors? Maybe if you have been with a blind person,you know how,can you please share?thank you.
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3 responses
@yuna15 (2708)
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
If a person is born blind, we have to take advantage of the other senses. Red is usually associated with love (sense of feeling) or war. We could also let them listen to wild music. Yellow we can have them feel and smell a sunflower or have them feel the heat of the sun. Green, have them feel the grass during spring. Blue, have them feel the sea, water or ice. Indigo, this one's difficult hmmm, I guess we can have them taste oranges. Violet, we should them taste grapes. .
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
Your response would have been a great answer to my daughters exam. I think I will appreciate the colors so much if I were blind by the associations you made...really great.
@yuna15 (2708)
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
This question is most commonly asked in job interviews. I also started a similar discussion about this.
@lisa0502 (1726)
• Canada
19 Oct 08
This one is a tough one. I have a 14 year old that is blind. Alot of people describe it in relation to other objects which is what I was told to do. But it can get confusing to them because colors can represent so many different things good and bad. I try to tell him that it is beautiful like his perception of someone that he loves. And that there are layers of different colors like a onion that is layered if you cut it in half. I tell him that the colors are breath taking. Just like feeling content with an accomplishment. That is a very tough question and I do not think that there is a right or wrong answer. Good luck with that.
• Philippines
19 Oct 08
it is only now that i appreciated the color layers of an onion. I actually had to slice one to see it. Thank you so much for sharing. There is something beautiful with onions.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
19 Apr 09
Awesome question. I think we should describe about the blind criteria. We know that there's some different criteria of blindness. Birth blindness, colour blindness, or accidentally blindness. But just make it easy we take the birth blindness. That's mean the blind persons have never saw anything since they were born. I will ask the blinds to combine 7 fingers together. And then i will tell them that rainbow is something like the 7 fingers rows on the sky with each finger is differently with each other in colour. The problem comes when we asked to describe colour to blind person. Back to the question, i think the main question is how would you describe colours to a blind person.