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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 appoints George Fivaz for safety plan
2008-10-21

 

The University of the Free State (UFS) appointed Mr George Fivaz, former commissioner of the South African Police Services to conduct an investigation on campus safety and to compile an effective safety plan for the three campuses of the UFS. He visited the UFS Main Campus this week together with his investigating team from Ramathe Fivaz Policing Advisory Services. Here are, from the left: Mr Christoff Fivaz, consultant for systems and technology from Ramathe Fivaz Policing Advisory Services, Mr Tebogo Molema, consultant for risk management at Ramathe Fivaz Policing Advisory Services, Mr Fivaz, and Mr Willie Frankim, manager of security services at the UFS.
Photo: Willem van der Berg

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