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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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SRC members among proud graduates


From left are Tumelo, Jamal-Dean and Chanmari.
23 April 2013

Six members of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Bloemfontein Campus received their degrees during the Autumn Graduation Ceremony. SRC members Jamal-Dean Grootboom (Student Media Council); Chanmari Erasmus (Arts and Culture); Gené McCaskill (Accessibility and Student Support); Thabisile Mgadi (Student Development and Environmental Affairs); Tumelo Moreri (International Students) and Jaco Faul (Rag Community Services Chairperson) received degrees during the four-day ceremony on the Bloemfontein Campus. Chanmari, Gené and Jaco all obtained a BA Drama and Theatre Arts degree. Jamal-Dean received a BA Communication Sciences degree, Tumelo a BSc degree and Thabisile a BCom Accounting degree.

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