Largest number of disabled graduates at UFS

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During the mid-year graduation ceremonies at the University of the Free State (UFS), the Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) saw the largest number of students with disabilities graduating. Photo: Johan Roux

During the mid-year graduation ceremonies at the University of the Free State (UFS), the Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) saw the largest number of students with disabilities graduating.
For the first time since being established in February 2001, a total number of 30 students graduated, of which seven were postgraduate students.
Martie Miranda, Head of CUADS, says one cannot help but become emotional with joy and happiness. “The feeling of satisfaction we feel with the graduates is so valuable, because it’s a reminder of their abilities to accomplish their dreams just like any other student.”
CUADS aims to ensure that the UFS creates opportunities for students with disabilities, aiming to become a higher-education institution recognised for its efforts in human reconciliation. Together with the exam division, CUADS coordinates alternative assessment with an accessible test and examination facility housed at CUADS. This accommodates students with concessions, amanuensis, specialised equipment, and accessible formatted papers.
Miranda continuously encourages students to keep going. “If being successful is important to you, you will find a way to change the challenges you experience into opportunities. Either to learn something about yourself or teach someone else something.”
Below are the number of graduates from each faculty:
• Faculty of Law: 2
• Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences: 4
• Faculty of Education: 4
• Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science: 9
• Faculty of the Humanities: 11
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