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Georgia/South Carolina Chapter Meeting May 19, 2017

When: Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00 AM
Where: Roper Rehabilitation Hospital
316 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina  29401
United States
Contact: Paige Castellow

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Georgia/South Carolina Chapter Meeting May 19, 2017



11:10 am – Chapter meeting

11:30 am – Lunch

12:30 am – Low Vision Implications for Driving

        by Dr. James Hill, Shirley Anderson and Leah Belle


This course will review:  Definition of Low Vision, Testing for Low Vision, Pathologies resulting in Visual Impairment (Structural and Functional changes and Simulator Demonstrations),  Optical and Non-Optical Options for Low Vision, Comparison of the SC and GA Bioptic Laws, Bioptics and How They Work, Bioptics Specifications for Driving, Eligibility Criteria for SC Bioptic Driving, and, Strategies for Implementation of the Bioptic Law.

Upon completion of the program:

1.            The learner will be able to define low vision and pathologies that result in visual impairments

2.            The learner will be able to identify optical and non-optical options for low vision

3.            The leaner will be able to describe how bioptics work and identify specifications for driving


2:00 pm – Chapter discussion of low vision, bioptic bill in SC

2:30 pm – Adjourn meeting


Speaker bios:

James F. Hill III, O.D., FAAO

UAB School of Optometry Residency:  Birmingham VA Medical Center and Blind Rehabilitation Center

Low Vision Specialist


James F. Hill III was born in Georgetown, SC.  He went on to attend the Citadel and graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in biology. He then spent 2 years working in cardiology research at MUSC before deciding his calling was to become a vision care provider.  He attended optometry school in Birmingham and graduated UABSO in 2009. He then pursued a residency in ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation at the Birmingham VAMC and Blind Rehabilitation Center.  At the completion of his low vision residency he completed the Advanced Competence in Medical Optometry (ACMO) examination, and in 2011 also obtained his fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO).  Since returning to Charleston Dr. Hill has become very active in the visually impaired community.  He serves on the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Charleston, Board of Directors and lectures nationally about visual rehabilitation.  At the MUSC Storm Eye Clinic Dr. Hill’s passion is helping those with visual impairment find ways to help acquire the skills and capabilities necessary for the development of personal independence and emotional stability through low vision rehabilitation.  Dr. Hill is excited to be home and looking forward to being active in the community. 


Shirley L. Anderson, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT

Shirley is a registered Occupational Therapist with over 40 years of clinical, program development and administrative experience. She has embraced the diversity of Occupational Therapy with her primary interests being in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics, neurology and low vision.

Shirley established the first private practice Occupational Therapy private practice (Occupational Therapy Resources) in the state of South Carolina in 1987.  This practice grew into a private Comprehensive Rehabilitation Agency (Therapy Resources) which Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapies as well as Vocational Rehabilitation Services employing over 30 professionals. When the time was right to sell the business, Shirley established contract rehab services at Assisted Living Facilities and the Association for the Blind. 

It was her broad base of professional experiences that brought her into the field of Low Vision.  With the approval of Medicare to bill for Occupational Therapy services for low vision, she was able to approach the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina about the benefits and potential of establishing an OT low vision rehabilitation program at this institute. Her expertise in administration and program development along with her love for clinical intervention proved to be effective and Occupational Therapy rehabilitation services are now a part of the continuum of eye care services provided at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Shirley has presented on various topics at national/international conference including the AOTA, AAO, AAPOS, and Envision and has written articles for various professional journals and is a contributing author to a text book on the low vision. She has been a part of the planning team that has worked to get the bioptic driving bill passed in the state of South Carolina.


Leah Belle, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS

Leah Belle is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist. She has 27 years of experience working in of rehabilitation with 14 in the field of Driver Rehabilitation. She is an active member of the Ga/SC chapter of ADED and has served as Chapter President for several years. She is also active on a national level in ADED and served as a committee member in developing the Fundamentals of Driver Rehabilitation Course as well as a member of the Research Committee and the Newsbrake Committee. For the past 6 years, Leah has been involved in research concerning older drivers, as a member of a collaborative team including Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital and Clemson University. 



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