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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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Staff attend international conferences
2008-07-25

 

Three staff members of the Department of Business Management at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently attended two international conferences, namely the Edineb 15th International Conference in Malaga, Spain with the theme "Advances in Business Education and Training" and the 2008 ICSB World Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The theme of this conference was "Advancing Small Business and Entrepreneurship: From Research to Results". They delivered altogether seven papers at the conferences. Here are, from the left: Prof. Rudolph van Buuren, Dr Orpha Lotz and Dr Johan van Zyl.
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