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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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Exercise is medicine
2013-02-20

 

The Health and Wellness team teaches the UFS how to stay healthy.
Photo: Lelanie de Wet

20 February 2013

Staff and students were sweating it out on Wednesday 20 February during the annual Exercise is Medicine campaign.

This international campaign to promote healthy living and create exercise awareness at participating companies, was launched for the first time on African soil last year at the UFS.

Exercise is Medicine is an initiative which encourages health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. The programme was designed by the American College of Sports Medicine and it has a presence in countries such as Australia, Italy, China and Brazil.

As part of the programme launch, staff and students will attend presentations by prominent health practitioners and participate in a range of fitness activities, such as Taebo and Zumba.

The Wellness Division of the Centre for Health and Wellness has more activities planned for the rest of the year to keep Kovsies healthy.

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