LVCOL: Demystifying exam accommodations for visually impaired learners

Course Overview

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CPD Accreditation:

HPCSA: 1 Clinical CEU, Level 1
OASA (Ocularist Association of South Africa): Universal1 (one) point

Course Content:

Clare will share her experiences from working in the Eastern Cape Department of Education where her role is to promote best-practice in classroom and exam accommodations for learners with visual impairment in both special and mainstream schools. Because she serves on the adjudicating exam accommodations committee for the province she will share some gems to ‘demystify’ this topic.   She will also describe how classroom accommodations need to be considered carefully – and that these should be replicated for tests and exams. She will outline what accommodations are available to blind and low-vision learners according to the Department of Basic Education policies, including additional time guidelines and use of enlarged print and Braille papers. The importance of a sound Visual Acuity assessment with best correction is stressed as a starting point for the completion of DBE 123 form by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists.   Finally, Clare will share examples of best-practice using case scenarios. She will describe scenarios where schools do not use appropriate accommodations, which impacts on the learners’ overall literacy and development.  

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The Low vision centre of learning is excited to introduce Clare Hubbard.

Clare graduated with a BSc Occupational Therapy in 1991 and has had a varied and rich career working in South Africa and for an 8-year period in the UK. She has extensive clinical expertise in the fields of neurorehabilitation and school-based paediatric services. Her specialist qualifications and professional interests are in neurodevelopmental therapy (paediatrics), inclusive education, early childhood intervention and research into the effectiveness of a push-in model of provision of therapy services in mainstream schools. Recently she has renewed her professional interest in the field of low-vision, driven by the poor eye health services in the Eastern Cape.


She lectured at UCT from 2002 to 2005, and worked as an Occupational Therapist for CE Mobility for several years. She has trained many professionals in wheelchair seating and currently she designs workshops for teachers on a range of inclusive practices. She has a passion for assistive devices and technology, and this includes the areas of assistive technology for visually impaired learners. In her current position she consults extensively on children’s’ rights to quality education, inclusion and specialist therapeutic support and assistive technology and accommodations in the classroom and in assessment.


She is a life-long learner, having completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2013 and she recently completed a Post Graduate diploma in Healthcare Professions Education at UCT. She has served on several professional and intersectoral committees to enhance services to persons with disabilities and continues to strive to promote Occupational Therapy in a range of practice areas, including low vision.

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