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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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Exceptional achievement for UFS student in Quantity Surveying
2007-09-21

 

A student from the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management, Ms Pulane Mahloka, recently received the gold medal for exceptional final year student in South Africa for 2006 from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). She is the first black student to received this prestigious award. She is the fourteenth UFS student since 1970 to receive this medal, of which six are women. Pictured are, from the left: Mr Hendrik van Vuuren (Lecturer at the UFS Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management), Ms Mahloka and Ms Benita Kotze (Lecturer at the UFS Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management).
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