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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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Me. Liza Coetzee, 'n Ph.D.-student aan die Departement Fisika van die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV), het tydens die onlangse Suid-Afrikaanse Krygkunskampioenskappe wat in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga plaasgevind het vier goue en een silwer trofeë verower. Sy is ook aangewys as die beste senior damestudent by die byeenkoms. Me. Coetzee is die afrigter van die White Tigers Combat Tang Soo Do-klub in Bloemfontein. Die span het 36 trofeë op die nasionale kampioenskappe verower. Agt van haar studente is gekies vir die Nasionale en Presidentsontwikkelingspanne wat Suid-Afrika se titel as huidige wêreldkampioen later vanjaar in Nederland gaan verdedig. Hier is me. Coetzee saam met Grand Master Jeong Seong Kim van Suid-Korea.
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