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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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Government officials successfully complete leadership programme at the UFS
2008-07-25

 

Thirty government officials successfully completed the Executive Management and Leadership Programme (EMLP) in the Programme: Public Sector Management at the University of the Free State (UFS). The programme is presented by the Department of Public Management at the UFS. The Premier of the Free State, Ms Beatrice Marshoff, was a guest at the certificate ceremony. She handed the certificates to the successful students who are from the Departments of Education, Local Government and Housing, and Agriculture. At the occasion were, from the left: Prof. Hendri Kroukamp, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Prof. Teuns Verschoor, Acting Rector, Ms Marshoff, and Prof. Moses Sindane, Head of the Department of Public Management.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

 

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