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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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Good practice discussed during workshop of the ACU Benchmarking Programme
2012-09-10

 From the left are: Prof. John Brennan, assessor from the Open University in the UK; Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice-Rector: Academic, UFS; Mr Cliff Wragg, ACU Benchmarking Programme Manager; Prof. Ellen Hazelkorn, assessor from Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland; and Mr Mike Gallagher, Executive Director of Go8 in Australia.
Photo: Johan Roux
10 September 2012

The ACU University Management Benchmarking Programme presented a workshop on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) from 27 to 29 August 2012.

The programme offers a unique and cost-effective opportunity for participating universities to compare their key management processes with those in a range of other universities. This helps to identify areas for change and assists in setting targets for improvement and identifying techniques for managing change. The outcomes of the programme provide models of good practice. It creates the opportunity for networking and a workshop, guided by internationally acknowledged subject experts. This year representatives from universities in among others Australia, the South Pacific, Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) and South Africa attended the workshop. The topics discussed were financial management, managing league tables and ranking and managing graduate outcomes.
 

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