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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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Animal Science holds annual meeting
2008-03-06

 

The Free State branch of the South African Association for Animal Sciences recently held its general annual meeting on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. Mr Charl Hunlin of SA Stud Book gave a presentation on the use of information from routine notes on animals for the enhancement of races and herds. A highlight of the meeting was the presence of Mr Lullu de Jager, founder chairperson of this association that was established on 2 February 1979, then known as the South African Association for Animal Production. At the occasion were, from the left: Mr Willie Combrinck (secretary and treasurer of the association), Mr Hendrik van Pletzen, (vice-chairperson of the association, from Voermol), Prof. H.O. de Waal (chairperson of the association and associate professor in the Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences at the UFS), and Mr de Jager.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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