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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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Rotary awards UFS academic
2008-03-14

 

Rotarians of the Bloemfontein Rotary Club, associated with the UFS, celebrated the Rotary Foundation’s Peace and Conflict Award for 2008 to Prof. Heidi Hudson with some previous rotary awardees at the university. Prof. Hudson is the Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Political Science. From the left are, front: Mr Arthur Johnson (UFS Research Administration), Prof. Hudson, Mr David Yuill (Rotarian, Goldblatt Yuill Architects, also former Head of the Department of Architecture), Mr Jock Murray (Rotarian and retired head of the Department of Occupational Therapy); back: Prof. Peter Holmes (Rotarian and Head of the Department of Geography), Prof. Johan Grobbelaar (Department of Plant Sciences and previous Rotary Foundation Group study exchange member), Prof. Frederick Fourie (Rector and Vice-Chancellor and previous Rotary Foundation Scholar to Harvard) Prof. Maitland Seaman (Rotarian and Head of the Centre for Environmental Management), and Dr Jack Armour (former Rotarian and from the Department of Agricultural Economics).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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