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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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UFS academic appointed on the South African Board of SANPAD
2008-06-24

Dr. Aldo Stroebel, Head of Internationalisation and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at the University of the Free State (UFS), has been appointed to the South African Board of the South African Netherlands Partnership Programme on Alternatives in Development (SANPAD).

SANPAD is a collaborative, long-standing partnership programme funding high-quality, collaborative research conducted by South African researchers in partnership with researchers in the Netherlands. Some of the additional programmes include support for research capacity building and mentoring. The third phase of SANPAD's support has recently been announced and will include multi-disciplinary and cross-thematic themes from 2009 onwards. The current second phase funds research in the areas of among others new approaches to economic development; poverty reduction; and democracy, the government and civil society.

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