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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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UFS Dean critical voice on gender and sexuality education in schools
2012-09-03

Prof. Dennis Francis, Dean of our Faculty of Education, will deliver a keynote address on gender, sexuality and homophobia in schools at two events this month.

The Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation invited him to the first ever Colloquium on Homophobia and Trans-phobia in South African schools.

This takes place at the University of Johannesburg on 6 and 7 September 2012.

The Colloquium provides an opportunity for educators, researchers, activists and policy makers to discuss the impact of homophobia and trans-phobia in education.

Prof. Francis has already done extensive research on this issue and is considered a critical voice on the issue in South Africa.

Later this month, Prof. Francis will travel to Malaysia where he will present a keynote address on gender and education.
 

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