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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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UFS presents a course in population, environment and development
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The University of the Free State (UFS) this week presented a population, environment and development nexus course in Bloemfontein in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund, LEAD International and the Department of Social Development. The course was attended by about 40 representatives across the county and neighbouring countries. Here are, from the left: Prof André Pelser, Department of Sociology at the UFS and course coordinator, Ms Betty Mahuka, Malawi Environmental Endowment Trust, Mr Dário Passo, Ministry of Planning and Development in Mozambique, and Ms Nola Redelinghuys, Department of Sociology at the UFS and course facilitator.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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