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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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`This cookie won’t crumble’
2013-02-20

 

 
 8 March 2013
During 2012, third-year medical students from the UFS became involved in a community project at Lebone Village, a home for HIV infected and affected orphans in Bloemfontein.

A key element of this project was the sustainability the project had to offer. The medical students decided to take up cookie baking. They explored recipes and trained the volunteers at Lebone to perfect the recipes to the last crumb.

The cookies will be packaged in sachets that were also designed by the students. The UFS’s logo will be printed on the back of the packet and distributed across the country. The cookies will be a source of income for Lebone and also market the organisation.

The cookies scheme will form a lasting foundation on which the UFS’s name can be built and from which the community can gain. It will also display the great heights the UFS’s students are capable of reaching and the creative potential of the youth of this country.

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