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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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Young scientists learn more about what the UFS can offer them
2008-09-15

 

Young science lovers recently gathered in Sasolburg for the annual Sasol TechnoX. The exhibition of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) captured the learners’ attention through an interactive representation of the application fields of science. Delegates from the Departments of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Zoology and Entomology as well as UFS Marketing stood ready to answer the questions of the 20 832 learners who attended the event. Picture here is Theo Viljoen, MSc student in Forensic Entomology at the UFS, sharing interesting facts regarding insects with learners.
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