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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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Intervention programme presented for FET educators
2009-08-18

 
Pictured are some of the educators with Dr Le Roux (back, first from the left) and Prof. Allen (on the far right).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe


Dr Adré le Roux from the Department of Philosophy and Policy Studies in Education at the University of the Free State and Prof. Josephine Allen, a Fullbright Fellow from Cornell University in the USA, recently presented an intervention programme on teacher professionalism for Further Education and Training educators. The programme was a follow-up to a survey done on the status of teacher professionalism in the Free State Province. It focused on aspects such as positive attitude, professional identity and image, professional ethics and autonomy; and empowerment.

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