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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Open day a hit with prospective students

The University of the Free State (UFS) held an Open Day on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this week to give prospective students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the university. The two day event included exhibitions by all the faculties, support services, residences as well as various corporate institutions. Visitors were also taken on a campus tour and treated to a variety of fun activities. The event attracted a large number of pupils from different schools across the Free State province. Among them were, from the left: Setjhele Tamane (Monyakeng High, Wesselsbron), Evelyn Mothabe (Rearabetswe High, Odendaalsrus), Yvonne Masike (Rearabetswe High) and Moeane Reuben Phafane (Monyakeng High).
Photo: Mangaliso Radebe

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