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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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Latest information about fire in laboratory
2007-08-22

A meeting was held at 09:00 today to co-ordinate all the aspects around the fire that broke out in a laboratory in the Chemistry Building. Representatives from the fire brigade were also present. The following arrangements were made:

1. The entire Chemistry Building will be inaccessible until 17:00 this afternoon. Various experts are investigating the safety of the building and determining possible causes of the fire. By 17:00, personnel, students and other persons concerned will receive an indication regarding which parts of the building will be accessible, and at what times.

2. The acting head of the department, Prof. Ben Bezuidenhout, will inform the Chemistry students and staff about class and access arrangements. Chemistry students are requested to be on the lookout for NEWS FLASH messages via the intranet, as it might be necessary to distribute information in this way.

3. The university immediately initiated the planning of measures to limit the disruption of academic activities to a minimum.

It is confirmed that the fire was limited to a very small section in the building, and that there are no further safety risks for staff and students.

Media Release
Issued by: Mangaliso Radebe
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: radebemt.stg@ufs.ac.za  
21 August 2007
 

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