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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 students visit Singapore
2008-03-14

 

A group of 19 students from the University of the Free State's (UFS) Department of Communication and Information Studies will be visiting the National University of Singapore in April for nine days next month. The students, who are registered for the Media Studies, Corporate Communication and Integrated Marketing Communication programmes were selected according to their academic performance. During the visit students will among others attend classes in their respective fields of study. The group will be accompanied by Mss Rentia du Plessis, Dalme Mulder and Maresa Lotter, lecturers at the department. Here are from the left, front: Geni Keyser, Carla Bakkes, Marieke Swarzendahl, Leigh-Ann Carey,Tsholofelo Ramets, Fhumulani Mudua, Mpolokeng Lepote, Clarinda Smith, Tlaleng Ramarou, Naledi Hlabahlaba, Helen Motsepe; back: Stefan Lotter, Zanda Matoti, Gerda-Marie Viviers, Marcelle Strydom, Mercia Beerkat, Lesego Thibeletsa, Melissa CC. Mann, and Zurayda Mayet. Absent: Helen Motsepe.
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