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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Diploma (Entry requirements a B degree and work experience in higher education)

The following modules are offered in 2005:


Semester 1

HOS512: Assessment

HOS513: Administration, Management and Leadership

Semester 2

HOS522: Community Service

HOS523: Quality Assurance in Practice

Year module:

HOS501: Professional development as Researcher

YEAR 2 (2006)

Semester I

HOS518: Teaching/Facilitation

HOS519: Student learning and development (learning theories and learning


Semester 2

HOS528: Module planning and development of study material

HOS529: The Higher Education Environment

Year module:

HOS502: Higher Education Teaching Practice

1. A resource-based mode of delivery is followed with only a few contact sessions per semester.

2. This Advanced Diploma articulates to the M.A. (Higher Education Studies)

3. The qualification is also offered in Further Education with a three year diploma as an admission requirement.

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