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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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Kovsie Advice – UFS committed to supporting students through academic year
2017-05-16

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The Kovsie Advice mag covers topics such as how to best approach your studies, plan and cope with assessments. Photo: Supplied

As part of supporting and promoting student progression and success, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has developed the Kovsie Advice mag, an interactive document designed to help keep you on track while you are on your educational journey at the University of the Free State (UFS).

This mag aims to guide you from planning your academic year through to successful completion. A new edition of the mag will be released every quarter during the academic year.

It will help you focus and provide you with advice on how to best approach your studies, plan, cope with assessments, know the UFS better, manage your finances and ultimately pass.

Get your copy of Kovsie Advice on Blackboard under announcements or click here to download it.

If you have any questions, queries or would like to meet with an Academic adviser, send an email to: advising@ufs.ac.za.

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