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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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FS School of Nursing salutes its students
2008-08-28

 

The Free State School of Nursing (FSSON) in conjunction with the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Centre at the University of the Free State and the Department of Health recently held a Celebration Day to celebrate the role that RPL has played in the lives of students that gained admission in the four year diploma at the FSSON. The FSSON, the RPL Centre and the Department of Health took the initiative to develop an alternative learning/admission route for adults through recognition of prior learning in 2004. From 2005 to 2008 several adults gained access to the FSSON through an assessment of their prior learning and was granted the opportunity to develop themselves. At the celebration ceremony to salute different stakeholders and students for the progress they have made were, from the left: Mr Ben Mochwaro (Rector: Free State School of Nursing) and Prof. Letticia Moja (Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, UFS).

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