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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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Kovsies beat Maties
2011-02-01

Captain Willie Britz in action duringthe Shimlas’s battle against the Maties
- Photo: Van Zyl Naudè

The second game in the FNB Varsity Cup season ended on a high note for Kovsies’ Shimlas when the try of no. 14, Jamba Ulengo, brought the score against Maties to 21-15. With this game, expected to be the toughest in the season, Shimlas exceeded many expectations.

Dougie Heymans, Team manager for the Shimlas was very excited about the team’s achievements against the Maties. “Everybody knew the guys can play; last week they put unnecessary pressure on themselves.” The team’s excellent defence against the Maties – who is known for their great forward’s game – was the deciding factor in this second game of the season.

Jaco Colyn, who played flyhalf, was announced as man of the match.

Not only did the players play better than last Monday; more enthusiastic students and other supporters from the university community also came to support the Shimlas. With this Madelief was announced as the residence that revealed the best Kovsie spirit, winning themselves a flatscreen television set to the value of R5 000.

Next Monday Shimlas will play against the team of the University of Johannesburg at the UJ Stadium.
 

 

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