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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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43rd Conference of Agricultural Economics
2005-10-06

During the 43rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA) 13 of the 30 papers (excluding invited papers) were presented by students and staff from the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of the Free State (UFS).  The conference was attended by 24 students and 12 lecturers from the department. 

 

 

From left:  Prof André Jooste (chairperson: Department of Agricultural Economics at the UFS), Mr Andries Jordaan (awarded 2nd price in the category for the best M Sc thesis), Mr Dikus van Wyk (awarded 2nd price in the category for best student essay in agricultural economics), Mr Pieter Taljaard (best article published in the past 12 months in Agrekon, accredited journal of AEASA) and Mr Henry Jordaan (best 4th year student in agricultural economics in 2004 at the UFS).

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