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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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Sisters receive the same degree
2008-04-16

 

Two sisters, Ms Elsabi Bezuidenhoudt and Ms Isabel Human, both received their master's degree in Governance and Political Transformation during this week's autumn graduation ceremony of the University of the Free State (UFS). Dr Tania Coetzee, Director of the programme Governance and Political Transformation, was the study leader to both. The subject of Ms Bezuidenhoudt’s thesis was “Apartheid and political transformation as ideologies: Differences and similarities”. Ms Human’s thesis was titled “The role of labour unions in a transformational tertiary environment: A critical analysis of the University of the Free State”. Both of them are working at the UFS. Ms Bezuidenhoudt works at the division Meeting Administration and Ms Human works at the Department Zoology and Entomology.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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