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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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Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law awarded for the first time at the UFS
2008-04-15

 

Altogether 594 diplomas were awarded today to students in all the faculties of the University of the Free State (UFS) during the autumn diploma and graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, held on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein, 39 students received the postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law. It was the first time that this diploma was awarded. Here are, from the left: Mr Shadrack Shamane, Mr Jaco Deacon, lecturer in Labour Law at the Department of Mercantile Law, and Ms Sandra Seitshiro. Mr Shamane and Ms Seitshiro are both working at the University's Labour Relations Division

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