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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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Bloemfontein Campus’ most talented students recognised
2013-08-21

 
Among Kovsies’ brightest young stars. From the left are: Jean Vermaas, Johann Steyn and Onthathile Serehete.
21 August 2013
Photo: Johan Roux
 

The most talented students of the Bloemfontein Campus have been announced. 

Johann Steyn, a final-year LLB student and SRC member, was named as the SRC Dux Student for 2013. He and seven other students were recognised for their academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities. 

Jean Vermaas, also a final-year LLB student, and Onthathile Serehete, a fifth-year medical student, were announced first and second runner-up respectively. 

In a new category introduced this year, Jomari de Beer, Mpho Sefo, Lehlohonolo Mofokeng, Richard Chemaly and Foster Lubbe received student achiever awards based on exceptional achievement, representing the university in renowned organisations or structures. 

The SRC Dux Student Award is granted to a final-year undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement, co-curricular and community involvement, and student leadership.

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