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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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UFS's Richard Rodriques included in USSA's squash practice team
2009-08-04

 
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The University of the Free State’s (UFS) Kovsie squash team finished sixth in this year’s University Sport South Africa tournament that was held in Johannesburg.

With this tournament they won their matches against the Universities of Ford Hare, Rhodes, Stellenbosch (Maties) and the Tshwane University of Technology. However, they lost against the University of Johannesburg, the North-West University and their last match against Maties.

Kovsie’s number one men’s player, Richard Rodriques, has also been included in the USSA practice team from which a team will be selected early next year that will participate in a tournament in Australia in July 2010. 

Four of the six players in the team, Richard, Tremayne McDonald, Migionette du Bruin and Mariska Brits represented the Free State at the Jarvis Squash Tournament that was also held in Johannesburg.

 

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