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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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UFS honours five alumni
2009-09-08

 
The University of the Free State (UFS) honoured five of its alumni during the Kovsie Alumni Awards that took place on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this past Friday evening. From the left are: Prof. Johan Grobbelaar, senior professor in the university's Department of Plant Sciences who received the Kovsie Alumni National Management Award; Mr Gert Grobler (South Africa's ambassador in Japan) who was named the 2008/09 Kovsie Alumnus of the Year; Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS; Dr Gert Marincowitz (RUDASA's Rural Physician of the Year) who received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award; Prof. André Venter, Chief Specialist of Paediatrics and Child Health at the UFS who received the Kovsie Alumni National Management Award, and Sekoati Tsubane (Kabelo in 7de Laan) who received the Kovsie Alumni Cum Laude Award.
Photo: Dries Myburgh

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