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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 Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team qualifies for national championships
2016-08-30

Description: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team  Tags: Qwaqwa Campus cross-country team

UFS Qwaqwa Campus’ cross-country team that has
qualified for the SA Championships in the
Western Cape. They are, from the left: Malema Hlubi,
Lesedi Radebe, Moorosi Semase, and their coach,
Boy Soke.

The University of the Free State Qwaqwa Campus’ cross country team has had a successful season so far. The team has competed in the Eastern Free State Championships that were recently held in Bethlehem, where they qualified to compete provincially in Bloemfontein and eventually, nationally in the Western Cape.

During the Bethlehem meeting, rising star Moorosi Semase clocked 27:26 in the under-19 8-km category, whilst in the 4-km under-22 section Kovsie team mates reigned with ease as they occupied all four top positions. Malema Hlubi was the fastest in 11:13, followed by Lebohang Miya (11:33), Lindokuhle Miya (11:39), and Lebohang Tsotetsi (11:45). In the senior 10-km race, Lesedi Radebe and Bheki Sishi respectively came first and second. These results qualified them for the Free State Championships that were held in Bloemfontein on 13 August 2016.

In congratulating his charges, their coach and astute runner himself, Boy Soke said: “I am very proud of the achievements of these dedicated athletes. It is through their dedication and hard work that we have qualified for the National Championships in George in the Western Cape on 10 September 2016.”

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