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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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UFS signs MOU with Binghamton University
2011-04-20

 
Dr Kathrine Krebs, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Director of the Office of International Programs at Binghamton University New York, Prof. Josephine Allen from Cornell University New York, and Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Relations (acting) from the UFS, signing the MOU between the UFS and Binghamton University.

 The University of the Free State (UFS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Binghamton University to work together to develop academic and cultural interchanges, scientific research and other activities.

 

According to Dr Choice Makhetha, Vice-Rector: External Operations (acting) from the UFS, Binghamton University has hosted students in the Student Leadership Programme from the UFS in 2010 and will host another group in 2011. A group of social-work students from Binghamton University will also visit the UFS in 2011.

 

Other activities between the UFS and Binghamton University will include the identification of topics for joint research, followed by research activities; mutual invitations for faculty members to teach courses, conduct research, present lectures or participate in conferences, symposia and seminars; and staff exchange for institutional development purposes.

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