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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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UFS celebrates with its law students
2007-05-14

Recently the Faculty of Law at the University of the Free State (UFS) held a cocktail function on the Main Campus to celebrate the achievements of the law students who represented the university at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition in Vienna, Austria, last month. The UFS team was ranked 46th out of 177 universities from all over the world. One of the students, Deman Smit, received an individual oralist award and an honourable mention as one of the best speakers in the competition. Team members who attended the function were, from the left, front: Lucian Campanie, Dee Leboela, Sunette Visser and Hanno Bekker; back: Vicky Olivier and Deman Smit.
Photo: Stephen Collett
 

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