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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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Prof Swanepoel addresses Parliament
2009-08-06

 
Pictured are, from the left: Prof. Modi, Mr Mlungisi Johnson (Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee) and Prof. Swanepoel. Prof. Swanepoel is also a professor extraordinary at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture at the UFS and an adjunct professor at the University of Fort Hare and serves on many committees and boards in South Africa and internationally.
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Prof. Frans Swanepoel, Director: Research Development at the University of the Free State (UFS), addressed the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cape Town by invitation as part of their strategic planning. Other presenters included Prof. Albert Modi from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Prof. Mohammed Karaan, University of Stellenbosch.

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