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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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Odeion: A Symphonic Festival - 1 November
2008-10-24

A Symphonic Festival
1 November 2008
Odeion
19:30

The debut concert of the new Free State Wind Ensemble will take place on 1 November at 19:30 in the Odeion. The Ensemble was put together by Wesley Wong and Lisa Solomon in an attempt to provide an opportunity to wind instrument players to play in different music genres. The music is exciting and very entertaining, including works such as Danse Celestiale by Robert W Smith and A Leroy Anderson Portrait.

The concert will also feature items by the NIHE Wind Ensemble from Kimberley (conductor: Mervyn Solomon) and a combined work with Voices Inc. student chamber choir.

Tickets are R30 (adults) and R20 (students) and will be available at the door.
 

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