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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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e-registrations win at the UFS

At a recent event the winners of the laptops were announced along with the prize winners of the 20 cash draws. Here is Prof. Niel Viljoen, Vice-Rector: Operations (middle, back) and the students who received laptops for successfully registering online for 2011.
- Photo: Ula van Zyl

We are one of the first universities in the country where students can fully register online on their own. In 2010, senior undergraduate students as well as postgraduate students (including master’s and doctoral students) were encouraged to register online for their studies at the UFS for 2011. In 2010, as incentive, the UFS offered 20 laptops as well as 20 cash prizes of R1 000 each for the students who successfully registered online from Monday, 1 November 2010.

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