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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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Unique first for UFS theology students
2007-08-20

 

Students at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Theology will be departing shortly on the first academic tour arranged by the faculty. The students will attend a workshop at the University of Cambridge in England, as well as a short learning programme at the University of Mûnster in Germany. In front, from the left are: Debrah Murley (third-year Theology student), Kenneth McKenzie (fourth-year Theology student), Pieter Nel (third-year Theology student) and Hanno Visser (second-year Theology student); back: Prof. Dolf Britz (Department of Ecclesiology at the UFS) and Rev. Johannes Kofa (from the Faculty of Theology).
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