The Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) aims to ensure that the University of the Free State increasingly becomes a universally accessible higher education institution which embraces and is welcoming to all students, including students with disabilities.
 
CUADS assists students in gaining access to:    

  • Study courses
  • All buildings on campus
  • Learning material
  • Residences
  • Sporting activities
  • South African Sign Language Interpreting service for Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafened students
  • Classrooms
  • Computer facilities (the CUADS computer lab houses the latest assistive technology and software,  alternative furniture, and adapted hardware for physically impaired and blind students)
  • Specialised exam and test venues for alternative test and exam procedures 

CUADS provides a support service to the following categories of students with disabilities:    

  • Specific learning difficulties (e.g. Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Hyperactivity)
  • Mobility impairments (e.g. wheelchair users, amputees, Cerebral Palsy, Muscle Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Visual impairments (e.g. blind, partially sighted, other eye conditions). Students receive all their study material and textbooks according to the format of their choice, which includes:
    • Braille
    • Audio (material is read on a digital recorder)
    • Enlarged material
    • E-text
  • Hearing impairments (Deaf, hard of hearing, and deafened).
  • Debilitating mental health, psychological, and other chronic conditions (e.g. schizophrenia, epilepsy, panic disorder)
  • Temporary impairments (e.g. a broken hand) 

Special arrangements include:

  • Amanuensis during tests/exams
  • Application for extra time during tests/exams according to a specific impairment (this is done via a formal process of testing and interviewing by a panel from Student Counselling and Development)
  • On-request tutors are arranged for students in cooperation with the A-Step programme (existing tutor programme) on campus

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