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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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Two UFS academics elected on the board of PanSALB
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Two academics from the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Annelie Lotriet and Dr Elias Malete, have recently been elected to serve on the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) for a period of five years. Prof. Lotriet is from the Department of Afro-asiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice and ATKV chair holder in interpreting in the department. Dr Malete is an expert in African languages and head of the UFS’s Qwaqwa Campus. He is also the chairperson of the Sesotho National Language Body, one of PanSALB's sub-structures. The board comprises of 12 members and its purpose is to promote multilinguism in South Africa. Both Prof. Lotriet and Dr Malete aim to contribute towards clarifying the board’s role in the South African language community and make it more visible as the custodian and protector of linguistic rights of individuals and communities.
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