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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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Incidents of intimidation on the UFS Main Campus
2008-03-05

There have been a few incidents of intimidation this morning (4 March 2008) on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein.

At least 28 students were arrested. These students’ actions were in contravention of the court interdict that is in force on the Main Campus and that applies to all students of the UFS who are registered at the Main Campus for 2008.

The management of the UFS condemns these attacks on students and staff and the perpetrators will be dealt with.

The university management also decided today to appoint extra security guards across the campus with immediate effect. This includes the test and lecture halls.

Enquiries can also be directed to:

Lacea Loader                                                 Mangaliso Radebe
Tel: 051 401 2584                                          Tel: 051 401 2828
Cell: 083 645 2454                                        Cell: 078 460 3320
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za                          E-mail: radebemt.stg@ufs.ac.za    

Media Release
Issued by: Mr Anton Fisher
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 3422
Cell: 072 207 8334
E-mail: fishera.stg@ufs.ac.za  
4 March 2008

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