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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 celebrates Kovsie Alumni Week
2008-09-16

 

The University of the Free State (UFS) recently celebrated Kovsie Alumni Week on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Alumni attended various functions such as a ladies tea, morning with music and a drama performance during the week. The week was concluded with the celebration of National Kovsie Alumni Day, which was attended by more than 160 alumni. During this occasion Prof. Nico du Plessis was honoured for his contribution to the development of the Kovsie Alumni Association as well as the key role he played as founder of National Kovsie Alumni Day. Here are, from the left: Dr Ivan van Rooyen, Director: UFS Marketing, Prof. du Plessis, Ms Suzan Mshumpela, Deputy Director: UFS Marketing, Judge Faan Hancke, Chairman of the UFS Council, and Mr Gert Grobler, designated South African ambassador to Japan.
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