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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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Economics Department receives research room from Dynamic Wealth
2008-04-21

 

Dynamic Wealth Pty (Ltd), a financial services company, turned a classroom on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) into a research room. The room will be used by postgraduate students in the Department of Economics. During the handover ceremony Dynamic Wealth also allowed Esther von Maltitz, a masters student in the Department of Economics, to complete her SAIFM (South African Institute Financial Markets) Registered Persons examinations for free because her thesis during her honours degree was considered the best. At the handover of the research room were, from the left: Mr Flip Buys (Director and Portfolio Manager, Dynamic Wealth Bloemfontein) and Dr Jesse de Beer (Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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