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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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Three academic “generations” at the UFS deliver papers overseas
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Staff from the Department of Communication and Information Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) recently delivered papers overseas. Ms. Elbie Lombaard participated in the International Feminist Summit in Townsville, Australia, Ms Dalmé Mulder delivered two papers at the Australian New Zealand Communication Association’s conference in Melbourne, Australia and at the International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Prof. Johann de Wet delivered a paper in in Warskou, Poland at an international congress on International Political Linguistics. Prof. De Wet is Ms Mulder’s promoter with her doctoral studies, while Ms Mulder provides study guidance to Ms Lombaard for the completion of her Master's degree in Communication Sciences. From the left, are: Ms Lombaard, Ms Mulder and Prof. De Wet.
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