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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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Kovsies to compete for big drama prize at the KKNK in 2009
2008-11-27

A production of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, “Spokie Snygans maak sy buiging” by Jeanne Goosen, is one of four new plays in 2009 that will again compete at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) for the big Sanlam prize for Afrikaans theatre.

The department this year received R25 000 seed money for the production. Other participants that will compete for the prize are Rhodes University (for the first time) with “Die Bannelinge” by Bauke Snyman, Tshwane University of Technology with “Karakters” by Jané Dowd, and Stellenbosch University with “Die Wagkamer” by Frans Josias Hamman.

Prof. Nico Luwes, Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts.

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