The 10 provincial optometry regulators use their authority to regulate the profession of optometry in Canada, in order to ensure the delivery of safe, ethical, and quality eye care. The health and safety of the public is of paramount importance. The Optometry Examining Board of Canada (“OEBC”) is committed to ensuring that the security, integrity, and validity of the examination are not compromised.
Likewise, OEBC is committed to providing access to its programs and services to individuals with documented disabilities. A disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. OEBC is compliant with relevant accessibility laws including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Ontario Human Rights Code.
The following information is provided for test candidates, evaluators, educators, and others involved in the process of documenting a request for test accommodations. We strongly recommend candidates requesting a test accommodation share this information with their evaluator and with therapists, physicians, and other parties of interest so the appropriate documentation can be assembled to support an accommodation request.
The information you provide will be used to assist OEBC in making a fair determination as to your circumstances and your request for an exam accommodation and in understanding the nature of the accommodation you are seeking and its relationship to the resources OEBC has at its disposal.
In situations when OEBC cannot make provisions for a candidate’s request because of operational or technical reasons, OEBC will attempt to engage with the candidate to seek a mutually agreeable solution. Candidates are expected to participate in this interactive process in a timely way.
Test accommodations are adaptations to the test (i.e. OEBC exam) that can help ensure that the test measures what it is designed to measure. The purpose of test accommodations is to provide candidates with full access to the test and an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate his/her knowledge, skills and abilities required for the practice of optometry. The purpose is not to assure improved performance, a passing score, test completion, or other specific outcome(s).
Test accommodations are individualised and considered on a case-by-case basis. Individuals seeking disability-related accommodations must provide evidence that their condition rises to the level of a disability and provide information about functional limitations in areas central to daily life. Having a diagnosis or demonstrating that an individual meets diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder does not automatically mean that the person has a bona fide disability, is disabled or is entitled automatically to test accommodations. The OEBC does not require a diagnosis. It does, however, require evidence that an individual’s disability may have a significant impact on their ability to attempt an examination.
Individuals with a disability usually can demonstrate a significant impact in a variety of different settings, such as school, the workplace, and other daily life activities. If you are working in a job, it is helpful for us to see verification of workplace accommodations that you need due to your disability.
Accommodations must be appropriate to the particular task and setting involved.
The decision to grant an accommodation and the type of accommodation granted is at OEBC’s sole discretion. An accommodation is valid only for one exam or administration. A candidate must submit a new request for accommodation for each exam or administration. OEBC determines the date, location and time of the exam.