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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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"Exile has left a deep imprint on today's ANC and Communist Party"
2011-09-26

 

At the ANC Centenary Dialogue Seminar, were from left to right: Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, moderator for the seminar, Prof. Colin Bundy and Prof. Kwandiwe Kondlo, head of our Centre for Africa Studies.
Photo: Dries Myburg

Prof. Colin Bundy, a well-known scholar and historian, recently visited our Bloemfontein Campus to deliver a lecture as part of the ANC Centenary Dialogue Series hosted by the Centre for Africa Studies. Prof. Bundy, a former professor at the University of Oxford and former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand, delivered his lecture to a packed CR Swart Senate Hall. Speaking on the topic of the ANC and the SACP in exile, 1960-1990, Prof. Bundy told the audience that exile has left a deep imprint on today’s ANC and Communist Party, profoundly shaping their leadership, practices and political cultures. The next seminar will be held on 12 October 2011.

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