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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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Health policy researcher discusses joint exploratory efforts at the UFS


Prof James Bjorkman
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20 March 2013

Prof James Bjorkman, Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Administration at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague in the Netherlands, visited the University of the Free State (UFS) to explore the context and limits of health reforms in South Africa.

After clarifying terms and establishing the background of general public sector reforms over the past few decades, Prof Bjorkman focused on characteristics of the health sector, its basic issues, as well as constants and variable dimensions. He paid special attention to the complex interplay between access, quality and cost of health services.

Prof Bjorkman also shared experiences, based on his observations over the decades, during his lecture at the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Click here to read an extract from his book, “Health reforms in Central and Eastern Europe: Options, Obstacles, Limited outcomes,” on which his lecture was based.

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