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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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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to visit Bloemfontein Campus

23 March 2012

South Africa’s Public Protector, Adv. Thuli Madonsela, will deliver a public lecture in the Wynand Mouton Theatre on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State on 17 April 2012 at 17:00.

Before her lecture, Adv. Madonsela will meet with the senior management, staff and students of the university. She will also meet with members of the Free State Legislature, including the Premier, Mr Ace Magashule, and the Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality, Mr Thabo Manyoni. This will take place at the offices of the International Institute for Studies in Race, Reconciliation and Social Justice.

More information about Adv. Madonsela’s visit will be posted on our website later.

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