Patriot Ofori-Aning Kumasi, Ghana 2 Questions 7 Answers 0 Best Answers 215 Points View Profile 3 Patriot Ofori-Aning West Africa Asked: November 30, 2018In: Health and Nutrition ALBINISM: Should Albinism really be considered as a disability? 3 ALBINISM: Should Albinism really be considered as a disability? albinismdisabilitymelanin Share Facebook Report 5 Answers Voted Oldest Recent Phanice Wamukota Nanyuki , Kenya 9 Questions 176 Answers 14 Best Answers 4,738 Points View Profile Phanice Wamukota East Africa Added an answer on December 14, 2018 at 9:36 pm Albinism can be ocular (lack of the pigment in eyes only) or oculocutaneous (lack of melanin pigment in both skin and eyes). In both cases, their eyes do not develop fully which means that you can almost never come across an albino with naked 6/6 (20/20) vision. I studied this for my desertation and never came across one with uncorrected vision half as good as what we consider normal. In some cases, the vision is so bad that spectacles do not help at all and they need additional tools or low vision aids if one is lucky not to be considered blind. They are therefore at a disadvantage and in this sense, they should be given special consideration which makes them fall under the disabled category. As far as their skin is concerned for those with the oculocutaneous kind, special care is needed. Proper protection and expensive sunscreen….because they are more susceptible to injuries and skin related illnesses. So yes, they are disabled if you consider their sight, and maybe just delicate if you are looking at their skin. 2 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google plus Share on WhatsApp Patriot Ofori-Aning Kumasi, Ghana 2 Questions 7 Answers 0 Best Answers 215 Points View Profile Patriot Ofori-Aning West Africa Replied to answer on December 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm Great insight! 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google plus Share on WhatsApp Faiza Hassan Nairobi, Kenya 1 Questions 10 Answers 0 Best Answers 415 Points View Profile Faiza Hassan East Africa Added an answer on November 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm No. People with Albinism are healthy and fully able. Albinism is just a genetic medical condition where one lacks the pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. However, the effect of lack of this pigment can lead to other complications such as visual impairments among others which can then lead to some level of disability. 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google plus Share on WhatsApp stevengea Kenya 1 Questions 17 Answers 0 Best Answers 894 Points View Profile stevengea East Africa Added an answer on January 1, 2019 at 4:46 am It should not be. People with Albinism are fully capable and able to live life like anyone else. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google plus Share on WhatsApp Daisy Mwikali Nairobi, Kenya 2 Questions 177 Answers 16 Best Answers 3,988 Points View Profile Daisy Mwikali East Africa Added an answer on December 27, 2018 at 3:42 am I have very reserved perspective when it comes to the word disability. I know it is a significant and needed characterisation bit I have an issue with the discrimination that automatically comes with it. With regards to terminology, we should perhaps refer to the specific issue. ie visual impairment, rather than saying they have a disability. Name the specific issue and you will see how easier it is for everyone to even understand what you are saying. Disability seems to ask for pity but that is not the case. Perhaps we should use better words that actually describe a condition rather than lumping it all up as a disability. This is the same for other generalisations that stem from actual characteristics or stereotypes. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google plus Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerLeave an answerCancel reply Notify me of new posts by email.