Radnor Lake State Park in the Nashville area debuted a colorblind viewfinder Thursday just in time for fall foliage.
Nicole Whitehead attended the unveiling with her 12-year-old son Jordan, who is colorblind. She explained how frustrated he becomes when he is unable to see things the same as his sister.
"They see everything so muted. We see everything so bright," she said.
Radnor's viewfinder has special lens technology by EnChroma to help people who have red and green deficiency due to color blindness.
Jordan said looking through the viewfinder was "amazing."
"When I look at the trees right now, I point out to the bending-looking tree, all I see is like a couple of green and a couple of yellow, but when I looked in there it was a whole different world," he said. "It was like green, red, everything on it."
The viewfinders are paid for by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, which has been installing them since 2017. They cost roughly $3,000.
"We are excited today to have you be able to experience this because we know that one in 12 men and one in 200 women are colorblind," said Mark Ezell, the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at the event Thursday.
The view through the devices is different for every person with color blindness, according to the department. Many see a broader array of colors with greater vibrancy. Depending on the severity of the color deficiency, others may not see a difference.
Wayne Baird, who is colorblind, said he is appreciative of kind gestures like these. He said employers have refused to hire him after he had difficulties seeing different shades of red and green.
"Very grateful to the state for recognizing what some would call a disability and what some wouldn't call a disability," Baird said. "They have put money into that, and that makes me feel great."