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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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Enter your own Facebook safety video
2014-08-21

Safety is a priority at Kovsies… is it a priority for you?

Stand a chance to win an iPad (*Ts & Cs apply), a KovsieGear hamper and feature in our next Safety Campaign video.

All you need to do, is make your own creative video message portraying one of our top safety tips:

1. Do not walk around on campus wearing headset (earphones) – especially at night
2. Always have Security Services’ contact details with you in case of emergency
3. Don’t text while driving
4. When it is getting dark, start walking in groups
5. Don’t leave your car unlocked, it’s not safe

Remember – it is very important that your video must be in MP4 or WMV format and less than one minute long ...

Email your video to lotterS@ufs.ac.za  along with your student number and contact details before 5 September 2014. The winner will be announced on 12 September.

(*The iPad wil only be included in the prizes if the UFS receive at least 15 entries for this video competition ...)

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