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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Centre for Accounting honours its top 10 students


Here is the top student in the Thuthuka group, Thembi Kganane (middle) with Mr Div Lamprecht (SAICA), and Prof. Hentie van Wyk, Programme Director: Centre for Accounting.

The top 10 function is an award ceremony where the top students in the Centre for Accounting are acknowledged for their hard work and commitment throughout the years. Sponsors from the practice are involved and attend the function every year. FNB and the Auditor-General were the main sponsors.

The first ten students in the B Accounting and the B Accounting Honours class received prizes. The prize winners were Richard Yang (third place), A Nieuwenhuizen (second place) and Megan Aquadro (first place).

The function was attended by the students and their parents.

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