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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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Dr Daniël Hugo presents memorial lecturer


The 27th D.F. Malherbe Memorial Lecture was held on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein this week. The lecture was presented by Dr Daniël Hugo, writer, renowned translator of English and Dutch works, and executive director of die Huis der Nederlanden in Cape Town. The topic of his lecture was: "Die geheime werking van literêre invloed: D.J. Opperman en D.F. Malherbe". During his visit Dr Hugo spoke to postgraduate students and he also delivered a lecture to the Genootskap Nederland - Suid-Afrika at the UFS. Attending the lecture were, from the left: Prof. Hennie van Coller, Head of the Department Afrikaans and Dutch, German and French, Prof. Gerhardt de Klerk, Dean: Faculty of the Humanities, Dr Hugo, and Prof. Driekie Hay, Vice-Rector: Academic Planning.

Photo: Stephen Collett

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