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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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Professor receives a second national award for her research
2008-06-13

Prof. Maryke Labuschagne from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) this week received a second prestigious national award for her research when the 2008 Cereal Science and Technology - SA's (CST-SA) award for research and development was awarded to her. The prize includes an amount of R30 000. Last month she was the female recipient of the National Science and Technology Forum's (NSTF) award for the development of research capacity over the past ten years. She received the award for successfully mentoring black researchers and students. The award, sponsored by Eskom, includes an amount of R100 000 which will be used for research purposes.
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