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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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South Africa’s diverse heritage at Kovsie Extravaganza

Lovers of music, dance, and poetry experienced a spectacular Kovsie Extravaganza on Saturday 12 September 2015 at the University of the Free State (UFS). The Kovsie Kerk on the Bloemfontein Campus came alive with performances by talented students, local artists, and the two main acts of the evening.

Spectators enjoyed acts representing our country’s diverse heritage. From the indigenous choral music of the Qwaqwa Campus students, to Afrikaans Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, RnB, Kwaito, and Spoken Word poetry, the show was nothing short of a cultural melting pot.

Francois van Coke had the crowd on their feet, adding splits and cartwheels to electrifying sound. Mafikizolo had the audience nostalgic as they ended the night with throwback songs.

The 2015 Kovsie Extravaganza achieved its objective of presenting entertainment galore.

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