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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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UFS will be host to transformation leaders of Higher Education in South Africa
2013-05-03

03 May 2013

The University of the Free State (UFS) will be the host to about 100 delegates from all 23 South African universities for the Higher Education South Africa (HESA) transformation colloquium. This event is taking place from 6 to 8 May 2013 on the Bloemfontein Campus.

The theme of the colloquium is New Directions: The Question of Knowledge and the Transformation of Higher Education in South Africa. The delegates will include 13 vice-chancellors, as well as the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Transformation in Higher Education. Transformation managers from all universities will be participating and students will also make contributions.

The objectives of the colloquium are to explore progress, challenges and new directions relating to the transformation of higher education.

The colloquium is presented by the university’s Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and the office of the Vice-Rector: External Relations, in cooperation with HESA.

Welcoming message from Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector, UFS

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