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Tennessee Gives Colorblind Visitors A Way To See Fall Foliage

During fall foliage season, most of us have a big blind spot: People with colorblindness can’t see the autumnal splendor. There are 13 million Americans afflicted with the condition. Tennessee (which has “see” right there in its name) fixed this. The state installed “colorblindless” viewers at a few major attractions in the mountainous eastern part of the state. The lenses correct the view for those with colorblindness, letting them see the full blaze of amber and crimson hues leaf-peepers have been taking for granted all this time. The first visitors cried when they used the machines—and so will you when you watch these videos. Their emotions need no filter.

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.