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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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Scorpions visit the UFS
2007-09-03

The Scorpions visited the Main Campus of the University of the Free State and had a discussion with students from the departments of Criminology, Sociology, Psychology and Political Science. From the left are: Mr Albertus Calitz (Head of the Department of Criminology at the UFS), Ms Anthea Annandale (Senior Manager: Administration, Scorpions), Mr Mosioua Pheko (Honours student in Political Science at the UFS), Ms Luzelle Naudé (Programme Director: B.Soc.Sc. in Human and Service Learning Dynamics at the UFS) and Ms Leane Ackerman (Head of the Department of Sociology at the UFS).
Photo: Lacea Loader

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