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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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International expert in forensic psychology visits the UFS


Prof. Raymond Bull, an internationally renowned expert in investigative forensic psychology, recently visited the Centre for Psychology and Law in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Bull is head of Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) and is also involved in the training of senior investigators of serious crimes in the UK. The Department of Psychology at the UFS uses his books, theories and viewpoints to train students, especially when in comes to interviewing children and victims of sexual abuse. The Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS is exploring the possibility of establishing a more permanent cooperation agreement with Prof. Bull. He also attended the conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Offenders in Cape Town before returning to the UK. Here are: Prof. Bull (left) and Prof. Dap Louw, Head of the Centre for Psychology and Law at the UFS.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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