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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 leads research development workshop in Washington
2008-10-22

 

Dr Aldo Stroebel, Vice-President of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) and Head of Internationalisation at the University of the Free State (UFS), recently chaired a workshop by invitation to internationalise research at new and emerging universities during the Society for Research Administrators’ (SRA) annual conference in Washington DC, United States of America. Prof. Frans Swanepoel, Director: Research Development at the UFS, presented the lead paper. In addition, Ms Dineo Gaofhiwe and Ms Lise Kriel from the UFS also participated in the workshop. Other international participants included representatives from the Association for Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the University of Washington in Seattle. The session was co-funded by the ACU, the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa, the UFS, and SARIMA. Here are, from the left: Dr Stroebel, Dr John Kirkland, ACU, Ms Kriel, Dr Hiram Larew (USDA), Mr Lawrie Robertson, University of Washington, Ms Gaofhiwe, and Prof. Swanepoel.
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