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19 March 2019 | Story Thabo Kessah | Photo Thabo Kessah
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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Students in medicine recognised for outstanding achievements


As part of the University of the Free State's (UFS) autumn graduation ceremony, the Faculty of Health Sciences last night gave recognition to students who excelled during 2007. Here are, from the left: Ms Liska Janse van Rensburg, who received a prize for the best second-year student in B.Sc. Dietetics, Mr Jurie Fourie, who received a prize for the group with the highest mark in a medical research project, Mr Nico van Helsdingen, who was awarded the Medicinal Physics floating trophy (postgraduate in Ophthalmology), Ms Eleonore Thorne, who received the Abbott Laboratories floating shield for the best average mark in B.Soc.Sc. Nursing, and Ms Elize du Toit, who received the McGraw Hill prize for the highest average mark in the MB.Ch.B. programme.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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