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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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Reincarnation of an own international judicial system discussed at the UFS
2008-09-11

Prof. Elizabeth Snyman-Van Deventer from the Department of Mercantile Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently delivered her inaugural lecture on the reincarnation of the lex mercatoria on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. She is the first female professor in the Faculty of Law at the UFS. In her inaugural lecture she investigated whether the international trade is currently governed by the new or modern lex mercatoria. “Indeed there exists a set of unique rules for the international trade which stretches over national borders and which establishes an own international judicial system, the so called new lex mercatoria,” said Prof. Snyman-Van Deventer. Photo: Stephen Collett

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