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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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Cattle farmer conference presented at UFS
2008-10-15

 

The University of the Free State (UFS) and the Glen Agricultural Institute recently presented a cattle farmer conference on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. The theme of the conference was “Economical survival of the beef cattle farmer”. Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk, Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, gave the global picture whilst Prof. Johan Willemse, Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, spoke about South African beef cattle farming in a changing and challenging economical environment. At the conference were, from the left: Prof. Johan Greyling, Head of the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences at the UFS, Prof. Willemse, Dr Johann Erasmus, Assistant Director: Animal Science at Glen Agricultural Institute, and Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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