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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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Children of UFS academic graduate on the same day
2008-04-16

 

Prof. Fanie Snyman of the Department of Old Testament in the Faculty of Theology at the University of the Free State (UFS), opened the graduation ceremony with scripture reading and prayer on the specific day that his son and daughter received their respective degrees. His son, Rev. Gawie Snyman (left) of the Hugenoot Dutch Reformed congregation in Bloemfontein north, received his M.Th. Degree in New Testament and his daughter, Ms Rika Snyman received her LLB. degree as well as the prize for the best thesis. The autumn graduation ceremony is taking place on the Main Campus in Bloemfontein this week.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs
 

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