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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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Department of Missiology holds international conference
2008-09-19

 

The Department of Missiology in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently hosted an international conference with the theme "Mission and Conversion". The conference included speakers from Brazil, the Netherlands, India, Malawi, Germany, Kenya and South Africa. At the conference, front from left, were: Prof Abraham van de Beek (Professor of Systematic Theology at Vrije University, Amsterdam), Mrs Rachel Nyagondue Fiedler (Lecturer at Mzuzu University, Malawi) and Dr Siga Arles (Director: Centre for Contemporary Christianity, India). Back from left: Prof Pieter Verster (Head: Department of Missiology, UFS), Mr Reinhold Strähler (Team of Life Challenge Africa, Kenya), Prof Christoph Stenschke (Dean of postgraduate studies at Missionshaus Bibelschule Wiedenest, Bergneustadt) and Rev Hans van Vuuren (Dutch Reformed Church, Heilbron South).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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