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Sight Impaired

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 28th January 2009.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what guidelines his Department follows in respect of making printed materials and forms accessible to people suffering red/green colour blindness.

Photo of Sarah McCarthy-Fry Sarah McCarthy-Fry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families

The Department's new corporate branding has strict guidelines for the application of colour. For all corporate publications text should be:

Black on white for large blocks of text

A bold colour on white for headings or short snippets (for example quotes)

In black or white, on a bold block of colour

Our corporate design guidelines specifically prohibit the use of any colour text on any colour background.

Although not specifically formulated to address colour blindness, we believe these design principles should avoid it being an issue for our corporate publications.

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