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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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Prof. Tim Noakes visited our Bloemfontein Campus
2011-09-06

 

Photo: Amanda Tongha

Prof. Tim Noakes, director of the Sport Science Institute at the University of Cape Town, visited our Bloemfontein Campus at the beginning of September 2011 and also paid a visit to our Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, at his office. Prof. Noakes, who is a co-founder of the Sport Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), met with participants of our Prestige Scholars Programme during his visit. In the photo, Prof. Noakes appears with Prof. Jansen.

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