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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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Kovsie tennis ends second at national championships
2009-08-06

 
PW Holtzhausen, Willem Steenkamp and Reon Henning.
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The University of the Free State’s (UFS) men’s and women’s tennis team represented the Free State at the National Club Championships that was held in Durban this year. According to Ms Janine de Kock from KovsieSport at the UFS, the men’s team came second, a great improvement on last year’s fifth place.

The men’s team, existing of Reon Henning, Willem Steenkamp and P.W. Holtzhausen, and beat Westville of KwaZulu Natal 2-1, lost 1-2 against Marks Park from Central-Gauteng, won the semi-final against Befordview from Gauteng-east and lost again against Marks Park in the final round.

“If one takes into account that some of the top competitors participated in this championship, it is a great achievement for the team, said Ms de Kock.

The women’s team, existing of Elrien de Villiers, Rensia Henning and Jeanne du Plessis did not make it to the semi round.

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