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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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Service learning research day
2008-11-21

 
The Centre for Higher Education Studies and Development (CHESD), recently presented a Service Learning Research Day. Some of the presentations delivered included “Preparing students for life: The role of service learning and critical reflection” and “Can science and service learning marry?”, presented by the couple Mr Dawie and Ms Deidré van Jaarsveldt. At the research day were, from the left: Dr Luzelle Naudé, Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Dr Teresa Carmichael, University of the Witwatersrand, and Prof. Mabel Erasmus, Head of the Division Service Learning at CHESD and co-ordinator of the research day. Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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