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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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Language Day celebration at the UFS
2009-08-25

 
The Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French recently held a Language Day Festival to coincide with the National Language Day. The purpose of the festival was for staff members to have language-related fun around a typical braaivleis with traditional boerewors and a Dutch stroopwafel. Staff members were treated to, amongst other activities: Afrikaans, Dutch, German and French music, a DVD about the translation project by Prof. Naomi Morgan, and a short drama. Pictured are staff members of the department performing in a drama as part of the days festivities.
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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