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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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Celebrating cultural diversity through coffee hour
2013-08-23

 
 23 August 2013

The Office for International Affairs (OIA) hosted a coffee hour get-together on the Bloemfontein Campus. Louise Steyn, an officer at the OIA, describes the coffee hour initiative as one that aims to acknowledge and celebrate the rich diversity of cultures among our students

The Lesotho Student Association (LESA) used this opportunity to share the beauty of their country. “I’m very proud of the first coffee hour. I hope that a year from now we can have it at Shimla Park so that the entire student community can acknowledge it,” says Louise.

Coffee hours of a similar nature will be offered on a monthly basis. They will be hosted by the students from the various different countries represented at Kovsies.

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