Lecture Notes for Students with Disabilities
At the recommendation of Accessibility Resources, course instructors help recruit classmates to share their notes with students whose disabilities impair the various functions needed to take effective lecture notes. Note takers may work as volunteers or may be paid an honorarium based on course credit hours. Accessibility Resources provides free photocopying or carbonless impression paper for note takers.
Qualified students who would like to request notes should meet with the Auxiliary Aids and Services Coordinator, Holly Johnson, if they haven't already. Students are asked to bring a copy of their schedule to Holly at the beginning of the semester to help coordinate the recruitment and delivery processes. The schedule should indicate if the student would like notes in all courses, or only in select classrooms.
Instructors are informed of the need for a note taker by a memo from Accessibility Resources. Included with the memo is an announcement that Instructors should read in class to recruit a student volunteer. In most smaller classrooms, one student note taker volunteer is usually enough. However, if more than five students have requested notes, a second note taker should be recruited.
Student note takers are expected to attend all classes, take legible, accurate notes, and deliver them to the Accessibility Resources office after each class meeting or at other agreed upon intervals. Note takers receive training during an orientation session by Accessibility Resources staff. Students who are not eligible to be paid can request a letter of recommendation outlining the note taker's responsibilities.
Only courses where an announcement is read require a note taker. Note takers will be accepted on a first come first serve basis, so anyone interested in volunteering should come to the Accessibility Resources office soon after hearing the announcement.
If you have any questions about note taking accommodations and services, please do not hesitate to contact Holly Johnson, the Auxiliary Aids and Services Coordinator at 645-2608.