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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 establishes the first chair in Biblical Spirituality in the world
2007-09-17

 

Prof. Pieter de Villiers recently delivered his inaugural lecture as extraordinary professor in Biblical Spirituality at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Faculty of Theology. He is the first person in the world to occupy a chair of this nature. As extraordinary professor he is associated to the Faculty of Theology’s Departments of Old and New Testaments. The interest in spirituality is growing world-wide and research into this field is increasing. As a result of this, Prof. Francois Tolmie, head of the Department of New Testament at the UFS, took the initiative of establishing a chair in Biblical Spirituality at the Faculty of Theology. This places the faculty at the forefront of this important field of study. During the inaugural lecture were, from the left: Prof. Fanie Snyman (Head of the UFS Department of Old Testament), Prof. Hermie van Zyl (Dean of the UFS Faculty of Theology), Prof. Teuns Verschoor (Vice-Rector: Academic Operations at the UFS), Prof. De Villiers and Prof. Tolmie.
Photo: Stephen Collett

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