Children’s author Steve Antony raises awareness of colour blindness for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Award-winning author and illustrator Steve Antony partnered with Colour Blind Awareness in a nationwide campaign, inviting schools to redesign the Queen’s hat

Award-winning, colour blind children’s book author and illustrator Steve Antony has partnered with Colour Blind Awareness in a nationwide campaign, inviting schools to redesign the Queen’s hat.

Inspired by his bestselling children’s book The Queen’s Hat, schools across the country can download Steve Antony’s activity sheet to create their own colourful hat and use a colour blindness simulation app (Chromatic Vision Simulator) to visualise how colour blind people see these creations. This fun activity in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee aims to help schools support their colour blind learners.

IMAGES: A non coloured blind person’s view (left). An example of a colour blind person’s view (right).

There are a variety of types and severities of colour blindness and it is estimated that the condition affects 1 in 12 boys/men and 1 in 200 girls/women. According to Colour Blind Awareness’ ongoing studies, 80% of colour-blind children leave primary school undiagnosed despite the reality that, on average, one child in every class will be colour blind.

For further information on how colour blindness impacts children’s learning at school, Colour Blind Awareness has created an education animation below.

 

Steve’s red-green colour blindness, also known as deuteranopia, influences his artwork and is part of the reason why his distinguished illustration style often uses limited colour palettes. By encouraging children, teachers and educators to see their own royal hats through the lens of a colour blind person, he hopes that classrooms will become increasingly colour-blind-friendly.

80% of colour-blind children leave primary school undiagnosed despite the reality that, on average, one child in every class will be colour blind

Steve said, “Being colour-blind can present all sorts of challenges, especially at school. Often people are surprised by how differently colour-blind people see things, so I really hope this fun Jubilee activity motivates schools to learn more about the condition.”

As part of this initiative, Colour Blind Awareness are calling for schools, teachers and parents to do #JustOneThing – label all drawing and colouring materials with the colour name, so that colour blind children can work independently.

BBC South Today’s coverage of the launch event held at Mountford Manor School in Swindon can be viewed below.


 

About Steve Antony

Since his 2014 debut, multi-award-winning author-illustrator Steve Antony has written and illustrated 18 picture books, sold over one million copies worldwide, and has had seven of his titles nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

His Mr Panda series has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide and was recently optioned for TV by Magic Light Pictures. His highly acclaimed The Queen’s Hat (the first instalment of The Queen Collection) was adapted into a musical concert by the London Symphony Orchestra and won the Evening Standard’s Oscars Book Prize. His Queen’s-Hat-inspired Shaun the Sheep statue raised £15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity.

He plays an active role in his local community as Patron to Swindon Libraries Children’s Services and recently designed their library card. He is an Ambassador for The National Literacy Trust, an active supporter of Beanstalk and a vocal advocate for more incidental inclusiveness in children’s literature, having written several articles on the subject. Through his art, Steve has helped raise thousands for various UK charities including My AFK, BookTrust, Willow Foundation and Wallace and Gromit Children’s Charity.

Steve studied at Anglia Ruskin University after taking voluntary redundancy from a Swindon call centre. Steve was part-raised in New Mexico and now lives in Swindon UK with his husband and cat.

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