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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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Academics deliver paper at international congress on urban planning
2008-10-07

 

Dr Maléne Campbell from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS) and Mr Andile Mshumpela, master's graduate in Urban and Regional Planning of the same department, presented a paper titled: 'The Peoples Housing Project: The Case of the Amathole District Municipality' at the recent 44th ISoCaRP congress, which took place in Dalian, China. The theme of the congress was 'Urban Growth without Sprawl a Way Towards Sustainable Urbanization' and was jointly organised by the Urban Planning Society of China and ISoCaRP, a global association of experienced professional planners. ISoCaRP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognised and highly qualified planners in an international network. The ISoCaRP network consists of both individual and institutional members of more than 70 countries all over the world. Here are, from the left: Councilor Luntu Bobo of the Buffalo City Municipality, Mr Mshumpela, and Dr Campbell.
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