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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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Student’s study accepted in top anti-microbiotic journal
2008-10-28

 

Part of the study of Ruan Els, 'n M.Sc. student at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Microbial, Biochemical and Food Biotechnology was recently accepted for publication in one of the top anti-microbiotic journals, "Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy". With this he became the first M.Sc. student at the UFS whose research as first author is published in such a high-impact journal. The part that was published is about a possible way of improving the functioning of drugs that kill fungi which cause diseases in humans. By combining the drug with a fatty acid, less of the drugs that can sometimes be poisonous to humans, can be added to kill the fungus. Here he is with his study leader, Dr Carlien Pohl.
Photo: Lacea Loader

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