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Thokozile Thulo
Thokozile Thulo says the UFS has changed its focus in supporting students with disabilities.

The Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has recently opened a permanent office on the Qwaqwa Campus The centre aims to ensure that the University of the Free State increasingly becomes a universally accessible higher-education institution which embraces students with various disabilities.

Thokozile Thulo, CUADS Assistant Officer at Qwaqwa said: “Our focus has changed from ‘special’ accommodation for individuals to the creation of a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering to all students. Integrated learning and education methodologies and processes are being researched and developed to create more awareness among lecturing staff. This incorporates universal design, faculty instruction and curricula.” 

The CUADS office assists students to gain access to study courses, learning materials, various buildings and residences, computer facilities and specialised exams and tests. For visually-impaired students, study material and textbooks in Braille, audio, e-text or enlarged format are provided. 

The office also supports students with various psychosocial and chronic conditions such as epilepsy and panic disorder, as well as learning difficulties such as dyslexia and hyperactivity. “In addition, we support students with special arrangements such as extra time for tests and exams,” said Thokozile.



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Institute trains staff from Department of Education, Northern Cape
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The Research Institute for Education Planning (RIEP) at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently trained 15 learning area managers from the intermediary and senior phase of the Department of Education in the Northern Cape in the Family Math programme. The programme is used in the Northen Cape as part of the department's “Demistifying of Mathematics” strategy. Here are, from the left: Ms Lorraine Botha, facilitator from RIEP, Ms Chaney Naroth, Department of Education in the Northern Cape, Ms Elizna Prinsloo, project co-ordinator from RIEP, Ms Kirby Swartz, Department of Education in the Northern Cape, and Mr Marlin van Heerden, Department of Education in the Northern Cape.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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