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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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New building for study material centre underway
2012-09-05

Architect illustration of new Xerox Building.
5 September 2012

Construction on a building for Xerox, which is currently housed in the UFS Sasol library, will start later this year, as soon as the budget is finalised, says Nico Janse van Rensburg of Physical Planning.

The UFS Sasol library is in the process of re-allocating existing space to make it more efficient for users. Services that are not directly associated with the library, like Xerox, will be moved to another site.

An easily accessible site near the Provisioning Building in Rector’s Avenue has been identified. The building will provide for the printing of documents, storage of documents as well as a reception desk where documents can be collected.

The design proposal also endeavours to incorporate green concepts such as passive ventilation, efficient daylight use as well as light steel building construction with higher rated insulation capacities in the brickwork.

The building is expected to be completed in March 2013.
 

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