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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 Pays Tribute To Beyers Naudé
2004-09-17

The University of the Free State (UFS) has extended its heartfelt condolences to the late Dr Beyers Naudé in a letter to the family.

“Dr Naudé’s contribution to the establishment of a non-racial and democratic society in South Africa will forever remain one of the most inspiring chapters of our history,” said Prof Frederick Fourie, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS.

“As a historically Afrikaans higher education institution committed to building such a society, we celebrate Dr Naudé’s courage in reaching out across the racial, language, religious and cultural divides of the past and in building a shared South Africaness,” said Prof Fourie.

“We need to emulate Dr Naudé’s spirit of commitment to a common humanity and a common nationhood,” said Prof Fourie.

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Media Representative
Tel: (051) 401-2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@mail.uovs.ac.za
17 September 2004
 

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