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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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Academic among SA scientists to visit Mexico
2008-08-15

The University of the Free State academic, Prof. Wijnand J. Swart (pictured), of the Centre for Plant Health Management, is one of the six South African scientists who will embark on an exploratory visit to Mexico from 16-30 August 2008. The visit will be facilitated by the National Research Foundation, the implementing agency for the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in conjunction with the Mexican Embassy. The purpose of the visit is to develop collaboration in biological and environmental sciences between South Africa and Mexico. It is expected that this visit will enhance the bilateral agreement that is envisaged between the DST and the Ministry of Science in Mexico.
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