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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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Two UFS academics receive prestigious Sichel Medal
2011-11-22

 
Prof. Abrie van der Merwe, UFS; Prof. Paul Fatti from the University of the Witwatersrand and Chairperson of the selection committee; and Dr Delson Chikobvu, UFS.

At the recent annual conference of the South African Statistical Association, Prof. Abrie van der Merwe and Dr Delson Chikobvu from the Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of the Free Sate, were awarded the prestigious Sichel Medal for the best paper published by a member of the South African Statistical Association in the year 2010.

“The Herbert Sichel Medal is awarded annually to the member (or members) of the Association who have published the best statistical paper during the previous year in a refereed journal, in fully refereed conference proceedings, or as a refereed chapter in a book.”

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