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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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Tom Friedman guest speaker at School of Management breakfast
2009-08-23

 
Tom Friedman, author of the number one bestseller The World is Flat and world-renowned columnist of the New York Times, was recently the guest speaker during a breakfast hosted by the University of the Free State’s (UFS) School of Management and the Altron Group in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Friedman said that finding new energy “would be the greatest industrial project mankind has ever achieved. The next global industry, and one that will bring economic and social success to the country that develops it, will be the quest for a cheap, clean and sustainable source of energy.”

The function, attended mostly by business people, was a great success. According to Prof. Helena van Zyl, Director of the UFS School of Management it was an exceptional opportunity to engage with a true international scholar and one of the most influencing opinion leaders of the day. “The School was a proud host of this value-adding event,” she says.
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