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About Albinism & Hypopigmentation

About Albinism

Albinism is an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes. Albinism occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. In the U.S., approximately one in 18,000 to 20,000 people has some type of albinism. In other parts of the world, the occurrence can be as high as one in 3,000. Most children with albinism are born to parents whose hair and eye color are typical for their ethnic backgrounds.

For more in-depth information about albinism including genetics, vision considerations, types of albinism, and much more, check out our information bulletin “What is Albinism?”

What is Albinism?


About Hypopigmentation

Hypopigmentation refers to reduced production of melanin pigment in the skin. There are a number of conditions that result in hypopigmentation including albinism. NOAH’s mission is focused on albinism, and as such, information on this website covers albinism exclusively.


More Information:

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What is Albinism           PDF¿Que es el Albinismo?             PDF
What Do You Call Me?   PDF¿Cómo llamarme?
African Americans with Albinism **Albinismo y Afro-Americanos **
Albinism and DrivingAlbinismo y el Manejo
Assisting Students With AlbinismAsistiendo a Alumnos Con Albinismo
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome & Chediak Higashi SyndromeHermansky-Pudlak Syndrome & Chediak Higashi
Low Vision AidsAyudas para la Baja Visión
Ocular AlbinismAlbinismo Ocular
What Do You See?     PDF¿Qué ves?
Social Aspect of AlbinismAspectos Sociales y Emocionales del Albinismo
Sun ProtectionProtección del Sol
Resources for People with AlbinismRecursos para Personas con Abinismo