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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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UFS101 students learn from top “lecturers”


Photo: Leatitia Pienaar
19 March 2013

More than 4 200 first-year students are enrolled in the core curriculum UFS101 at the UFS this year, doubling the number of students in 2012. The course has been specially designed to equip students with a social and intellectual advantage in addition to their specialist degrees. This year about 150 students on the Qwaqwa Campus are taking part in a pilot programme of UFS101 and there is a possibility that it will also be presented in Kimberley from 2014. Students have the opportunity to be lectured by top “lecturers”. One of them, Judge Cagney J (front row, left), Judge of the Free State High Court, lectured on the Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campuses in March 2013.

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