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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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Papers at Theology conference at the UFS published in academic journal
2009-08-21

 
Theology is also a theme outside of the church. This was once again proven with the recent special edition of an academic journal that specifically focused on this theme. The Journal for Christian Scholarship (JCS) dedicated its first special edition for 2009 to a conference on missionary work and conversion to Christianity. This conference, organised by Prof. Pieter Verster of the Department of Missiology in the Faculty of Theolog, was presented at the University of the Free State (UFS) last year. Papers by international speakers from, amongst others, Brazil, India and the Netherlands were recorded in this edition. The JCS is an accredited academic journal that is distributed both nationally and internationally. Here Prof. Daan Strauss (left) from the Faculty of the Humanities at the UFS and editor of the JCS, presents a copy of this special edition to Prof. Francois Tolmie, Dean of the Faculty of Theology. Mr Hugo Hayes (second from the left) executive officer of the Association for Christian Higher Education, and Prof. Pieter Verster, head of the Department of Missiology at the UFS, also attended the occasion.
Photo: Lyzette Hoffman

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