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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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Education students attend course in maths and science
2008-11-11

 
Twenty five intermediate and students in the further education and training phase from the School of Education at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently completed a Family Math and Family Science programme, presented by the Centre for Education Development (CED). The students did the programme in order to complete the practical component of their community-service learning module. In order to qualify, each student, in addition to the contact sessions, also had to organise and present one Family Math and one Family Science community workshop. The training was sponsored by Old Mutual. Here are, from the left: Ms Lorraine Botha, Programme Facilitator at CED, Ms Elizna Prinsloo, Project Co-ordinator at CED, Tsehla Tsiboho, student, Maurese Myburgh, Kenyaditswe Maele, Megan Keyzer and Chin-Wen Tsai, all students from the School of Education at the UFS.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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