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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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Community Service hosts an exhibition
2008-11-20

Received from: J. Nothnagel

The Portfolio Committee: Community Service of the Faculty of the Humanities will host an exhibition on Thursday, 20 November 2008 from 10:00 to 15:00 in the foyer of the Flippie Groenewoud Building at the UVPERSU tearoom. Departments participating in service-learning modules will be taking part in the exhibition. The aim of this exhibition is to create an awareness of the activities in which departments/programmes and their colleagues are involved.

From 13:30 the Mangaung Strings Programme will perform in the foyer and colleagues are invited to come and listen to this talented group.

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