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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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Intellectual property law in a crisis, says Judge Harms
2008-08-18

Judge Louis Harms, Judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal and expert in the field of intellectual property law, delivered his inaugural lecture as Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Mercantile Law in the Faculty of Law this week at the University of the Free State (UFS).

With the topic “Whereunto Gehazi? A few trends in the field of intellectual property (IP) law” he focused on among others the fact that the concept IP has lost its theoretical basis and meaning, tendencies in the developed world, the counter reaction in the developing countries as well as the South African tendencies. According to Judge Harms, IP law is in a crisis. “In both the developed and the developing world it is fast losing its focus because it has become everything for everyone. South Africa is adding to the crisis. To provide for material benefits for our country and to protect its heritage is laudable. It is all too often about nice sounding but empty rights,” he said.
Photo: Stephen Collett
 

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