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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Lecture on forensic entomology presented at the UFS


South Africa has a shortage of forensic entomologists, Prof. Theuns van der Linde of the Department Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State (UFS) said in his inaugural lecture as full professor this week. He is one of only two practising forensic entomologists in South Africa. Forensic entomology is among others used in the solving of murder cases, suicide cases, rape and these days also transito robberies. The theme of his lecture was: “The detective was an insect - a short overview of forensic entomology”. At the lecture were, from the left: Prof. Frederick Fourie (Rector and Vice-Chancellor), Prof. Van der Linde, Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk (Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences) and Prof. Jo van As (head of the Department of Zoology and Entomology).
Photo: Stephen Collett

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