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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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NRF Gauteng/Inland Students' Conference

On 11 - 12 July 2008 the NRF Gauteng/Inland Students' Conference will be hosted by the School of Education of the University of the Free State. This conference is funded by the National Research Foundation and provides a platform for 36 Education students from 7 tertiary institutions to present their research. These delegates were selected after each institution held an Inhouse Conference where Masters' and PhD students presented their research. The delegates are from the:

University of Limpopo
University of Johannesburg
University of North West
University of Pretoria
University of South Africa
University of the Free State
University of the Witwatersrand

For further information please contact Mr. K Teise at 051 - 4013576/ Dr. A. le Roux at 051 - 4012292 or Ms. Christa Duvenhage at 051-4013651.

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