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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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Academic to present paper at Cornell on the quality of soil
2009-04-01

Prof. Wijnand Swart, chairperson of the Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) at the University of the Free State (UFS) will visit the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) in the United States of America next week. He is part of a delegation from the UFS that will be discussing potential institutional cooperation with the Cornell University. The topic of Prof. Swart's paper is “Soil quality: A South African perspective”. Prof. Swart will review certain unique aspects pertaining to South Africa's soil resources and land-use practices and how they relate to the challenges facing the country in terms of soil degradation, erosion, food production and poverty alleviation. He will also discuss various ways and means by which the South African government, and specifically the UFS, intends meeting these challenges.

Photo: Lacea Loader 
 Prof. Wijnand Swart

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