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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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Postgraduate UFS student obtains an international first place
2008-08-01

 

Ms Stella Heyns, a postgraduate student in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of the Free State (UFS), had an exceptional achievement by obtaining a first place in all four of the evaluation categories of the international GLO-BUS business strategy simulations. GLO-BUS, which is the world's first real international simulation focusing on competitive business strategy, is used by the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development at the UFS. The GLO-BUS exercise is done online and students are not only competing in the class, but also on an international level against other registered students. In South Africa, the UFS, Stellenbosch University and the Wits Business School is taking part in GLO-BUS. Here are, from the left: Prof. Klopper Oosthuizen, Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS and presenter of the module within the Sustainable Agriculture programme, Ms Heyns, and Prof. Izak Groenewald, Director: Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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