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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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Renowned jazz artist visits UFS
2011-02-16

 

Lira, South Africa’s top selling rhythmic jazz artist is making a special appearance at the University of the Free State (UFS). Lira is celebrated for her innovative and empowering contribution to South Africa’s music scene. She will be attending an Oneiric House Exhibition hosted by the UFS at the Centenary Complex on Thursday, 8 March 2011 at 14:00.

Lira is visiting the UFS to attend a project exhibition by third-year architecture students.The project was inspired by Lira’s music and lyrics, and aims to express a transcendence of spaces through a structural investigation that explores the adaptability of structure and space.

The project challenges students to design a single structure that can transcend its form, function and type, specifically from a private house to a public space – the two most opposite environmental modes. This transformation of space is inspired by the exploration of the realm of souls through a dream space in Lira’s lyrics.

For more information contact Nosana Sondiyazi, the exhibition liaison, at 076 037 1985 or sanadivine@gmail.com.

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