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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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Memorial lecture to put spotlight on traditional leadership
2014-09-04

 


An age-old portrait of Morena Paulus Mopeli Mokhachane.

The UFS’s Qwaqwa Campus will be hosting the inaugural Morena Paulus Mopeli Mokhachane Memorial Lecture on Saturday 6 September 2014 at 10:00 in the Rolihlahla Mandela Hall.

The theme for the lecture is 'Embracing Traditional Leadership in South Africa' and will be delivered by Dr Nyefolo Malete from the Department of African Languages.

As part of the lecture, UFS students have already entered the essay- and poetry-writing competitions where the theme is explored from different writing angles. The lecture will be preceded by a schools public speaking contest centred on the theme.

The event will be hosted in partnership with the Mopeli Royal Family and the Free State House of Traditional Leaders.


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