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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 Qwaqwa Campus SRC inaugurated
2007-05-23

The University of the Free State's (UFS) Qwaqwa Campus recently inaugurated its Student Representative Council (SRC) for 2007/08. During the inauguration ceremony the acting Principal of the campus, Dr Nyefolo Malete, presented the new SRC President, Ms Nelly Mokoena, with a Basotho Letlama blanket as a symbol of unity and strong leadership. The ceremony was also attended by SRC members from the Maluti Further Education and Training College in Qwaqwa. Pictured here are Dr Malete (second from the left) and Prof. Willie van Zyl (Acting Academic Head of the Qwaqwa Campus, third from the left), with the new SRC members.
Photo: Jabulile Majozi
 

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