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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Another UFS academic gets Fulbright Scholarship

Prof. Frikkie Booysen
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

Prof. Frikkie Booysen from the Department of Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS) has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to visit the United States of America (USA) in the 2010/11 academic year. Prof. Booysen, who is also attached to the Centre for Health Systems Research and Development at the UFS, will visit Rand Corporation’s Health and Population Unit in Santa Monica and the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia. 

His research will focus on his ongoing work on the socio-economic impact of the Free State Department of Health’s anti-retroviral treatment programme and the new work on a proposed prospective evaluation of the National Department of Social Development’s family preservation programme’s role in improving family resilience, cohesion and well-being in poor communities. Prof. Booysen will depart for the USA during September this year.


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