Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, TN

November 5, 2021
Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, TN

Tennessee is known for its stunning fall foliage with bright oranges, vibrant yellows and deep reds. Now, there’s beauty for all to see as the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development today unveiled its 13th colorblind viewfinder. The Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder is an ADA accessible viewfinder made by SeeCoast Manufacturing. It is equipped with spectral lens technology from EnChroma designed to help those with red-green color deficiency experience the brilliant fall colors.

Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, Tennessee

Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, TN
Photo via TN Tourism

“Tennessee has some of the most beautiful fall colors in the world,” said Mark Ezell, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “We want to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the brilliant display, including more than 13 million colorblind Americans. It’s truly a tear-jerking experience to watch colorblind people see captivating colors in our state parks and attractions for the first time.”

“This technology provides such an extraordinary experience, it can be emotional for the viewers,” Jim Bryson, deputy commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation, said. “We have seen at some of our other Tennessee State Parks what impact these viewfinders can have. The state parks are beautiful anytime of the year, but the fall foliage is special for many visitors. We are grateful to the Department of Tourist Development for this partnership.”

Complete Handicap Accessibility

Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area is the first ADA accessible viewfinder with a complete handicap accessible experience. Radnor has a rugged motorized wheelchair they rent out to guests for free. Other Tennessee State Parks currently with viewfinders include Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Chickasaw State Park, South Cumberland State Park, Standing Stone State Park and Fall Creek Falls State Park.     

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This cutting-edge technology is available year-round, so it helps visitors enjoy the fall colors and the blooming flowers and plant life during the spring. The experience of looking through the viewfinders for a person who is colorblind is different for everyone. Typically, they immediately see a broader array and greater vibrancy of colors. Some visitors have a more dramatic experience, depending on whether they have a mild to severe color deficiency.

Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, TN
Photo via TN Tourism

Colorblindness

One in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%) are color blind – 350 million worldwide and 13 million in the US. While people with normal color vision see over one million shades of color, the color blind only see an estimated 10% of hues and shades. Common color confusions include green and yellow, gray and pink, purple and blue, and red can appear brown and colorblind people see colors as more muted and dull. Click here for images of how colorblind people see colors in Tennessee State Parks.

About Tennessee State Parks

From their beginning in 1937, Tennessee State Parks were established to protect and preserve the unique natural, cultural, and historic resources of Tennessee. The public interest has also been served by a variety of benefits for citizens and communities produced by our state park system, promoting stronger communities and healthier citizens across the state through diverse resource-based recreation. Tennessee State Parks is one of only two state park systems in the nation to receive accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

For more information, click here.

Radner Lake Colorblind Viewfinder: Nashville, TN
Photo via TN Tourism

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JC

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Information gathered via an official Tennessee Tourism Press Release.

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