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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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Centre receives bursaries from auditing firm

The Centre for Accounting at the University of the Free State (UFS) received five bursaries from the auditing firm SizweNtsaluba VSP. These bursaries were awarded to three first-year students, one third-year student and one honours student. The centre also presented an open day this week on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein. Auditing firms from as far as Johannesburg took part. Attending the open day were, from the left: Mr Sipho Sano (partner at SizweNtsaluba VSP in Johannesburg), Thabiso Kgotle (B. Acc. third-year student at the UFS), Prof. Ronell Britz (Chairperson of the Centre for Accounting), Mr Linda Filtane (Manager: Human Resources at SizweNtsaluba VSP) and Prof. Hentie van Wyk (Programme Director at the Centre for Accounting).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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