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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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Actuarial science student awarded bursary
2007-05-31

A University of the Free State (UFS) honours student in Actuarial Science, Michael Hill, was awarded a R30 000 bursary by PPS Insurance. The bursary recognizes overall excellence by tertiary students in South Africa and it is awarded only once a year to a deserving student. Attending the award ceremony were, from the left: Mr Kobus Bekker (Programme Director: Actuarial Science), Mr Barry Pretorius (Area Sales Manager: PPS), Mr Hill, and Prof Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences).
Photo: Supplied 
 

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