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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 from the Netherlands conducts research on blue tick resistance
2008-10-31

 
Dr Rogier Junte, a final-year veterinary student at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, was for the past three months involved in a research project with the research team of the Pesticides Resistance Testing Facility at the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State (UFS). The project was co-ordinated by Ms Ellie van Dalen from the test facility (she is also a lecturer at the Department of Zoology and Entomology) and Prof. Frans Jongejan from the University of Utrecht. Dr Junte presented a seminar on the research conducted: “Acaricide resistance in the blue cattle tick and the use of the Scorpion dip applicator". In this summary of the collaborative research Dr Junte emphasised the ever growing problem of blue tick resistance against chemical control. At the seminar were, from the left, front: Dr Junte, Ms van Dalen; back: Prof. Neil Heideman, Vice-Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and Prof. Jo van As, Head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

 

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