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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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Five Kovsies included in the SA Top 30 group
2009-08-14

 
Anja Opperman
Photo: Reg Caldecott

The Free State netball team, which only consists of players from the University of the Free State (UFS), recently returned from the SPAR National Netball Championships that were held in Port Elizabeth.

According to Ms Burta de Kock from KovsieSport at the UFS, the team, where five first-year players were included, brought back home a bronze medal when they ended third out of the eleven teams who participated.

Five of the Kovsie players were also included in the SA Top 30 group. They are Doretha Joubert, Sane du Preez, Adele Niemand, Anja Opperman and Elzet Engelbrecht.
 

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