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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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State of our campuses: Academic activities suspended on UFS Bloemfontein Campus
2016-09-19

All academic activities on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) have been suspended with immediate effect –- including tests and lectures. This decision by the senior leadership comes after a growing unease on campus resulting from this morning’s announcement on tuition fees by Minister Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education and Training.  A further announcement about the continuation of the academic programme for the rest of the week will be made by 20:00 this evening.

Regular updates will be available on the UFS website, UFS Twitter and Facebook platforms. 

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