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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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Symposium on training of health educators presented on UFS Main Campus
2007-09-21

 

The South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Free State recently presented a symposium, entitled "Educating the health educator", on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. At the symposium were, from the left: Prof. Linda de Jager (Director of the School of Health Technology, Central University of Technology (CUT) and member of the SAAHE Free State Region), Prof. Anita van der Merwe (Head of the UFS School of Nursing and speaker on professional conduct), Prof. André Venter (Head of the UFS Department of Peadiatrics and Children Health and Chairperson of the SAAHE steering committee), Dr Hesta Friedrich Nel (Programme Head of Radiography and Dental Assisting at the CUT and speaker on postgraduate assessment) and Prof. Eli Bitzer (Professor in Higher Education, University of Stellenbosch and guest speaker on postgraduate assessment).
Photo: Stephen Collett
 

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