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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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Computer lab on UFS Qwaqwa campus in operation
2007-05-18

The new computer laboratory at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Qwaqwa Campus has started operating. The laboratory, equipped with 57 computers, is accessible to both the staff and the students of the UFS. The Dell Foundation donated the computers to the university in March this year. Pictured in the laboratory are, from the left front: Ms Monica Snymes (Laboratory Assistant), and Mr Teboho Miya (Laboratory Assistant); back: Mr Motlalepule Motloung (Laboratory Assistant), Mr Isaac Moeketsane (Laboratory Assistant) and Mr Patrick Tobias (Laboratory Supervisor). The student working on the computer is Mr Vusumuzi Maphalala.
Photo: Supplied
 

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