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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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Prof. Magda Fourie leaves the UFS
2007-08-01

Prof. Magda Fourie, Vice-Rector Academic Planning at the University of the Free State (UFS), has resigned from her position and has been appointed as Vice-Rector: Learning at the University of Stellenbosch (US) as from 1 October 2007.

She has been appointed in the vacant position of Prof. Russel Botman, who was appointed as Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the US at the end of 2006.

Prof. Fourie started her career at the UFS in 1998 as researcher in higher education and was later promoted to Director of the Centre for Higher Education Studies (CHESD).

She was appointed on 1 January 2004 as Vice-Rector: Academic Planning and is responsible for among others strategic planning (including strategic planning for the two satellite campuses of the UFS), academic planning (including programme planning and evaluation, institutional quality assurance, enrolment planning, research planning, community service, etc.), regional co-operation and academic development for students.

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
31 July 2007

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