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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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Geologist delivers paper at international conference

 An Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Marian Tredoux (pictured), delivered a paper at a recent four-day conference at the Sunwa River Lodge, near Parys in the Free State. Prof Tredoux’s paper was about the global mass extinction which happened 65 million years ago (in which the dinosaurs were eliminated) and which is ascribed to the Chicxulub impact in Mexico. The conference focused on large meteorite impacts throughout the solar system and included discussion on the large ones that happened on Earth, such as at Vredefort (Free State), Morokweng (Northern Cape), Sudbury (Canada) and Chicxulub. It was organised by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, USA, and attended by about 100 delegates from around the world, of which only five were from South African universities. The South African Mint produced a limited issue gold coin to commemorate the conference and the Vredefort World Heritage Site.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe





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