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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 launches partnership with IRCA Global


The University of the Free State (UFS) has officially launched its partnership with IRCA Global, an international risk management solution provider in the areas of safety, health, environment and quality. As part of the agreement the UFS will offer short learning programmes, a diploma and a degree in Risk Management. Both parties will co-operate in the establishment of a unit within the Faculty of Law that will be responsible for these qualifications. At the launch were from the left, front: Dr Neels Swanepoel (Faculty of Law: UFS) and Mr Carel Labuschagne (Chief Executive Officer: IRCA). Back, from the left: Mr Gerhard Barnard (Chief Financial Officer: IRCA), Adv. Jaco de Bruin (Faculty of Law: UFS) and Mr Wensley Misrole (IRCA Training and Education Executive).

Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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