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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 presents short course for course-goers from East and Southern Africa
2007-09-21

 

The Department of Sociology at the University of the Free State (UFS) in co-operation with the United Nations Population Fund, Leadership for Environment and Development: Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD-SEA) and the National Department of Social Development presented a short course on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this week. It is the third course of this nature facilitated by the UFS in the past 18 months and was attended by people from various countries in East and Southern Africa. The course focused on the integration of and connection between population, environment and development problems in the context of sustainable development. It is aimed at managers and decision makers in government departments, regional boards and municipalities who are involved in development programmes and frameworks. From the left are: Ms Samah Mohamed Mustafa (Sudan), Ms Nola Redelinghuys (Department of Sociology, UF and course facilitator), Mr Hosea Mulatya (Kenia), Prof. Sosten Chiotha (LEAD, Malawi), and Ms Jane Victor (Seychelles).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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