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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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UFS, Medi-Clinic and ER 24 co-operate
2007-09-06

 

Dr Ezekiel Moraka, Vice-Rector: Student Affairs recently signed a contract on behalf of the University of the Free State (UFS) with Medi-Clinic and ER24. The contract stipulates that the UFS will use Medi-Clinic as its main service provider for its medical services at the university’s rugby stadium (Shimla Park) and other main events on campus, such as the Volksblad annual arts festival. Medi-Clinic donated R60 000 per year over a period of three years to the UFS. The UFS also signed a contract with ER24 to utilise this institutions emergency services during emergencies on campus. The agreement is also valid for a period of three years. At the signing of the agreement were, from the left: Mr Sarel Venter (Area Manager of ER24), Mr Carl Bührmann (Hospital Manager of Medi-Clinic), Dr Moraka, Ms Vivienne Pistorius (Network Marketing Manager of Bloemfontein Medi-Clinic), and Dr Louis Holtzhausen (Director: Kovsie Health at the UFS).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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