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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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Four of UFS are top achievers at 2010 General Knowledge Olympiad
2011-02-20

The General Knowledge Olympiad winners are, from left: Alex de Gouveia, Martiné van der Merwe, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, our Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Prof. Nico du Plessis former staff member, Emme-Lancia Faro and Foster Lubbe. Emma was the Free State winner in both 2007 and 2008.
- Photo: Dries Myburgh

Our university awarded four bursaries, to the value of R5000 each, to its students who were top achievers of the 2010 General Knowledge Olympiad this year.

Last year 18 150 secondary learners participated in the Olympiad, which was brought about in 1992.

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