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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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Cephma wins technology award
2007-09-30

 

A project of the Centre for Plant Health Management (Cephma) at the University of the Free State (UFS) has won a 2007 Technology Award presented by the National Department of Trade and Industry at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. The award is in recognition of the groundbreaking research work undertaken by the UFS on kenaf, a South African commercial fibre crop used, amongst others, in the automotive industry. The research was initiated at the UFS six years ago in collaboration with the British company Sustainable Projects Development Group (SPDG) and is presently continued with the South African company Sustainable Fibre Solutions (SFS). At the awards ceremony were team members, from the left: Prof Wijnand Swart, Prof Maryke Labuschagne and Prof Schalk Louw.
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