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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 course in resuscitation
2008-09-26

 

 The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently presented a free course on resuscitation for teachers. The aim was to provide them with practical experience in life support in order for them to have the knowledge and self-confidence to supply learners with life support when they are in life threatening situations where heart arrest is involved. The teachers receive training over weekends in small groups and appropriate situations such as drowning are for example being handled . The ultimate goal is to involve all the schools in Bloemfontein and the Free State. Here are, from the left: Mr Jakob Moahlodi, Dr Edwin Turton, lecturer at the UFS Department of Anesthesiology, Ms Bertie Roos, Ms Biana Meyer, and Mr Joseph Nkahle, a teacher at Navalsig Secondary School in Bloemfontein.
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