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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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Three from Education receive bursaries
2007-05-31

 

The South African Teachers Union (SATU) and the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) have awarded three bursaries to the value of R4 000 each to the top students in the School of Education. At the ceremony were, from the left, front: Ms Erika Machts (First-year education student), Ms Samantha Kleinhans (First-year education student), Ms Leanie Muller(Third-year education student); back: Mr Marius van Rensburg (Chairperson of FEDSAS), Mr Daan Potgieter (Chairperson of SATU) and Prof. Gawie du Toit (Department of Curriculum Studies at the UFS).

 

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