The UFS supports the principles of Universal Design and Access, creating learning, teaching, and living environments that are welcoming and empowering for ALL students. We are in a continuous process of installing and updating infrastructure to make our three campuses accessible to everyone.

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The Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS)

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CUADS is a caring home and vibrant support base for students with disabilities.

We provide support services to students with:

  • specific learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity);
  • mobility impairments (e.g., wheelchair users, amputees, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis);
  • visual impairments (e.g., blind, partially sighted, eye conditions);
  • hearing impairments (deaf, hard of hearing, and deafened);
  • debilitating mental health, psychological and other chronic conditions (e.g., schizophrenia, epilepsy, panic disorder); and
  • temporary impairments (e.g., a broken hand).

Programmes and Services

  • Disability Support Programme

    Creating enabling environments to empower students with disabilities to participate equally.

  • Accessible Transport Programme

     Providing accessible transport to students with disabilities between the Bloemfontein and South Campuses.

  • Liaison, Awareness and Advocacy Programme

    Creating awareness and advocacy around matters of disability, universal access, and universal design.

  • Accessibility Programme

    Ensuring access to all buildings and facilities for all users.

  • Accessible Study Material Production Programme

    Providing academic support through the production of study material in different formats, i.e., Braille, e-text, enlargements, and audio.

  • Alternative Assessment Programme

    Providing alternative test and examination venues and formats, e.g., amanuensis (scribe and reader) and extra time.

  • Communication Access Programme

    Providing sign language interpreter and lip-speaking services for academic support and other communication needs.

  • Student Academic Support Programme

Providing individual tutoring and assistance with the purchase of applicable assistive devices.

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