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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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Well-known academic dedicates book to the UFS
2008-10-15

Prof. Wilhelm Neuser, world-renowned Calvanist, dedicated his latest book about Calvyn to the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Neuser (from Germany), who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UFS in 2005, has undertaken to also dedicate his next book to the UFS. The book, "Johannes Calvin - Leben und Werk in seiner Frühzeit 1509-1541", was handed to the Acting Rector, Prof. Teuns Verschoor, during the gala dinner of the Eight South African Calvyn Research Congress. The event was also used to launch an important new addition to the series UFS Theological Studies: The Afrikaans translation of Calvyn’s comment on the letter to the Romans. The comment was translated by Prof. S Postma. The Calvyn Research Congress was presented by the Institute for Classical Reformation Studies at the UFS, in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology at the UFS. Here are, from the left: Prof. Dolf Britz, Department of Church History and Polity at the UFS, Prof. Neuser, and Prof. Verschoor.
Foto: Stephen Collett

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