How would note-taking as an accommodation be beneficial to me?


When a disability impacts a major life activity, such as learning, it can often inhibit your ability to take adequate notes while also attending to:

  • Lectures
  • Classroom Discussions
  • Presentations

In order to provide equality in these areas, we offer note-taking assistance as an accommodation.

Note Taking as an Accommodation

If note-taking assistance is one of your accommodations, you should schedule an appointment with your instructor after electronically submitting your accommodations to him or her. Typically, your instructor will arrange for a note-taker by asking for a volunteer. During your initial meeting with your instructor, you should discuss whether you want the note-taker to know your identity. If you choose to self-disclose, you and the note-taker can arrange when and how you would like to receive a copy of your notes. If you choose to remain anonymous, you should work with your instructor to determine a process for receiving the notes. If you are not receiving notes or no one volunteers, collaborate with your instructor to resolve this issue. Contact a disability specialist immediately if nothing is resolved.

After receiving your notes, meet with your instructor during office to discuss the quality of your notes. Instructors are more than willing to ensure that you have a quality set of notes. If your instructor feels the notes are inadequate, he or she will work to find you a new note-taker or help fill in the gaps.

If you are not currently receiving this accommodation and you feel this accommodation may help, please schedule an appointment with a disability specialist to discuss your options.

Students wishing to independently navigate the learning environment, without the need for a fellow student to serve as a note-taker, may wish to use the Livescribe Pen.  Please visit Try the Livescribe Pen for more information on acquiring and using this technology in the classroom.

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