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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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Students visit Vice-Chancellor at home
2012-09-26

Photo: Kaleidoscope
26 September 2012

The first-years and house committee members from the residences JBM Hertzog and NJ van der Merwe had the opportunity to visit Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, and his wife, Grace, at their home in Bloemfontein during September 2012. During this fun-filled day students had the opportunity to relax, make merry and enjoy a meal together. WP Wahl, Assistant-Director: Assistant Director: Residence Life, says it was a wonderful opportunity to visit Prof. Jansen and his wife.

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