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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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UFS hosts Australian scientists

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State recently hosted a delegation of Australian agricultural and environmental scientists and farmers at the Paradys Experimental Farm. The group is currently travelling through Southern Africa on an exploratory fact-finding mission aimed at learning more about local soil conservation practices and agriculture in general. The Dean of the Faculty, Prof Herman van Schalkwyk, and scientists from the faculty as well as members of the Australian delegation made presentations as part of the visit. Pictured from the right standing, are: Mr Simon Proust (Soil Conservationist), Prof Van Schalkwyk, Mr John Lawrie (Catchment Co-odinator) and Ms Anne Williams (farmer and President of Central Western Conservation Farming Association). Seated from the left, are: Mr Ian Packer (Senior Soils Officer) and Robert Goodear (farmer).
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