Students may be eligible for note taking assistance depending on the specific type of documented disability. Some examples of disabilities that may qualify for note taking assistance include, but are not limited to: learning, visual, hearing and physical disabilities. For most students with disabilities these accommodations are meant to supplement the student's own notes. An exception would be Deaf students or students that are hard of hearing that rely on note takers since they are unable to watch their ASL interpreter and take notes at the same time. Students who are approved for note taking assistance will begin the process by assessing which classes they will need notes in and contacting the faculty member teaching each course.
The faculty member can choose to either provide their lecture notes or help recruit a peer note taker. Faculty members are essential to the recruitment process of peer note takers because they can pinpoint strong academic students who are engaged in the material and might provide the most comprehensive notes. When recruiting note takers, it may be helpful for the faculty member to talk about the benefits of becoming a note taker:
Once a note taker has been identified, their name and contact information should be sent to hmorse [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Student%20Note%20Taker) (Heidi Morse) in SDS to begin coordination of services. The student and note taker will both receive an email exchanging contact information and tips about note taking and note delivery. A Box folder will also be set-up in their name where all notes will be saved for the semester. Notes can be provided to the students in the following ways within 24 hours of the class ending:
It is the student’s responsibility to contact Heidi Morse if there are any issues with the note taking accommodation including, but not limited to: