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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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First Varsity Cup game kicks off

Shimlas against the Ikey Tigers.
Photo: Gerhard Louw

The first Varsity Cup game for the season kicked off this week when Shimlas (University of the Free State) and Ikeys (University of Cape Town) tackled each other on Free State soil.

On Shimla Park’s pavilion the large crowd of spectator students, dressed in their blue varsity cup shirts, unanimously gave their support to our Shimla team. Not even the final score of 10-26 in favour of the Ikey Tigers managed to put a damper on the good spirit that prevailed.
Jaco Swanepoel, the Shimlas coach, said that he was expecting a better performance in the coming six round-robin matches.
This coming Monday, 14 February 2011, Shimlas will come up against Maties at Shimla Park.

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