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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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Qwaqwa Campus women empowered
2009-08-19

 
Four empowering workshops were recently held at the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State as part of the Women’s Week programme. These grooming sessions taught women about the steps on how to package themselves for maximum impact in the workplace, their responsibilities towards effective communication, good people skills, and their roles and responsibilities in their jobs. In total, 81 women attended these grooming sessions presented by Ms Lianne Smuts from 1st Solutions. At the workshops were, from the left: Ms Margy Motsei (Secretary: Student Affairs), Dr Elize Smuts (Staff Development Facilitator), Ms Smuts and Ms Esther Hlongwane (Secretary: Accommodation Services).
Photo: Dr EM Smuts

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