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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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Student co-authors a book
2008-09-26

 A postgraduate international student of Plant Breeding in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), Mr AbduRahman Beshir (pictured), is the co-author of a recently published book titled: Farmers, seeds and varieties: Supporting informal seed supply in Ethiopia. The book, published in the Netherlands, addresses strategies and approaches through which professionals working in seed sector development, crop improvement and genetic resources management, or more generally in research and extension, can support informal seed supply in Africa. Mr Beshir has donated a copy of the book to the Department of Plant Sciences and the UFS library.
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