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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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Ceremony and dialogue on reconciliation will bring closure to the Reitz incident
2011-02-08

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), in partnership with the University of the Free State (UFS), is hosting a seminar on reconciliation on the morning of Friday, 25 February 2011, followed by a reconciliation ceremony in Bloemfontein the same evening.

The seminar and reconciliation ceremony are a culmination of the out-of-court settlement of an equality court action brought in by the SAHRC against the four former students and the UFS. The students produced a video depicting people in undignified and dehumanizing ways, and which video surfaced in the public domain in February 2008.
 
The Commission has tabled a list of demands that the respondents had to meet if the case were to be settled out of court and these demands were met to the satisfaction of all parties. 
 
The reconciliation seminar and ceremony are part of the out-of-court settlement conditions of the case and will mark the closure and final settlement of the equality court case.


Media Release
21 February 2011
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Director: Strategic Communication (actg)
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: news@ufs.ac.za

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