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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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International Office fares well at IEASA conference
2007-09-17

Various accolades and recognitions were awarded to UFS staff during the recent International Educators’ Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference in Port Elizabeth. Mr Vernon Collett, Registrar Student Academic Services at the UFS, was awarded the certificate of honour in support of IEASA’s goals, recognising his strategic and long-standing support of internationalisation in South Africa over many years. Mrs Jeanne Niemann, Senior Officer in the UFS Internationalisation Office, received the award for most outstanding international student support services individual, celebrating her unstinting support of, and assistance to, international students on the UFS Main Campus. Dr Aldo Stroebel, Head of Internationalisation at the UFS, was elected to the Executive Committee of the IEASA Council, the body responsible for the strategic and conceptual governance of the Association. Pictured here are: Ms Niemann (right), receiving her award from Ms Fazela Haniff, President of IEASA.
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