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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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Workshop held to celebrate cooperation between the UFS and the National Museum
2009-08-19

 
The first annual workshop to celebrate the cooperation between the University of the Free State (UFS) and the National Museum was held recently at the Oliewenhuis Art Gallery in Bloemfontein. Various research collaborations between the two institutions are currently underway, among others in the use of oral history as a teaching tool on tertiary level, plant microfossil research in Southern Africa and a research collaboration in Anthropology. Attending the workshop are, from the left, front: Mr Derek du Bruyn, Museum Scientist in History, Mr Ashley Kirk-Spriggs, Senior Museum Scientist in Entomology, Ms Amy Goitsemodimo, Assistant Museum Scientist in Anthropology, Dr Ziets Zietsman, Principle Museum Scientist in Botany; back: Prof. Schalk Louw, Department of Zoology and Entomology at the UFS, Mr Rick Nuttall, Director: National Museum, Prof. Marietjie Oelofse, Department of History at the UFS, and Prof. Louis Scott, Department of Plant Sciences at the UFS.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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