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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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Jazz, Jazz, Jazz
2009-08-08

 
Brian Hogg during a live performance at the UFS.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe
Brian Hogg, an associate professor in Jazz at the North Kentucky University in Carolina in the United States of America, recently wowed staff and students of the University of the Free State (UFS) with his mesmerizing live performance during a free lunch-hour concert at the Odeion Amphitheatre on the Main Campus. This internationally renowned saxophonist performed with, amongst others, Noel Stockton and the UFS Big Band. He spent two weeks on campus giving master classes to music students and the UFS Big Band, courtesy of the Department of Music.

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