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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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Agricultural students win rugby league
2008-09-26

 
With the inter-hostel rugby league something of the past, the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science at the University of the Free State (UFS) can boast with yet another achievement. Not only is it the only faculty with a rugby team competing in the league, but to crown it all the Agriculture team walked away as the winners of the third league.

The final was played on Friday, 12 September. Agriculture beat House Armentum’s third team with 18-14. In the semi finals of the previous week, Agriculture beat the third team of Reitz with 14-13. Starting next year, the Agriculture team will compete in the second league.
Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, is of the opinion that this is a good development that will open the doors for faculty houses which will bring about bigger student involvement on all levels.

Back, from the left are: Flippie Cloete, Koti du Plooy, Hugo van Wyk, Gert Lampbrecht, Tjaart van Tonder (captain), Werner Blom, Jean van Deventer, Ernst Bezuidenhoudt (vice-captain), Hendrik Heyns, Dirkie Strydom, Tommie Scholtz and Wollie Wolhuter. Front, from the left are: Theuns Theunissen, Johan Meyer, Hermie Louw, AA Swanepoel, Neels Wilken, Basie Heckroodt, Pieter Craig, Nelius Burger, Louis van Deventer, Hendrik Fourie and Graham O’Helly.

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