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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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Urgent notice: critical shutdown of UFS IT system
2014-08-20

ICT Services is experiencing a degradation of service due to a technical fault in one of our key mass storage devices, which calls for a critical shut-down of the facility as soon as possible. The implication of the error condition is of such a nature that we need to decommission in excess of 550 servers before the actual error can be addressed. In failing to do so in a structured manner, we run the risk of a total system outage and a prolonged repair process of the total server infrastructure due to possible damage to disks and processing facilities.

It is foreseen that ICT will commence with the decommissioning of the servers from 14:00 on Saturday 23 August 2014, repair the error and recommission the facilities by 20:00 on Sunday 24 August 2014.

The following services will therefore be unavailable during this period:

• All learning platforms (BlackBoard, etc.)
• All administrative systems
• Internet access
• Email services

PLEASE NOTE: Students are requested to retrieve all information they require from BlackBoard during this period, before the systems are shut down.

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