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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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Dimtec receives bursaries of R1.1 Million for masters degree programme
2007-05-24

The Disaster Management Training and Education Centre (DiMTEC) at the University of the Free State (UFS) received bursaries to the value of R1.1 Million from the Departments of Science and Technology, Water and Forestry and Local Government for the masters programme in Disaster Management. The departments will collectively give R1.1 Million per year for the next five (5) years to the programme. This year altogether 15 students have already received bursaries from the fund, which is administered by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Attending the launch of the bursary fund were, from the left: Mr Chris Swiegers (Department of Water and Forestry), Mr Lance Williams (Head of the National Disaster Management Centre), Prof. Magda Fourie (Vice-Rector: Academic Planning at the UFS), Ms Ramadolela Lindelani (M.Sc. student) and Mr Andries Jordaan (Director of DiMTEC).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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