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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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Faculty of the Humanities presents research seminar

Pictured, from the left, are: Dr Croucamp, Dr Tania Coetzee (Programme Director) and Prof Botes.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

The Programme Governance and Political Transformation in the Faculty of the Humanities at the University of the Free State recently held a two-day research seminar on the Main Campus. The first day was reserved for presentations from the Masters and Ph.D graduates of the programme while the second was for students who are currently enrolled in the programme. The guest speakers were Prof. Lucius Botes, Dean: Faculty of the Humanities, who delivered a paper on the topic: Governance and Development: The need for a scholarship of engagement and Dr. P.A. Croucamp from the University of Johannesburg who spoke on The Methodology of Quantification: Measuring Social Constructs.

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