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Notetaker Service

The Office for Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (AEO)  coordinates a notetaker service for students, who due to a disability or disabilities, are either unable to take notes or need class notes to supplement their own notes and class attendance. Students who receive this accommodation typically have a visual or hearing impairment, a physical disability, a traumatic brain injury, a learning disability or ADHD. 

How the Service Works

The director of AEO approves Notetaker accommodations, which, like all disability accommodations, are based on the student's disability documentation, the current nature of their disorder, and the specific requirements of the course or program. The service is meant to supplement class attendance and not replace it; therefore, the notetaker service is not considered an appropriate accommodation for those students who are unable to attend class due to a disability-related need.

  • Students eligible for this accommodation should request notetaker services each semester.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the first two class sessions to determine which courses are appropriate for the notetaker service.
  • An email will then be sent out to all students registered in the class. 

Using the Notes Effectively

The notetaker service is only effective if you attend class regularly, are actively engaged in the class, and use the notes in a proactive manner. There are some simple steps that you can take to make the most out of the notetaker service.

Three Ring Binders — Using a 3-ring binder is an effective way of keeping your notes organized. The weekly notes can be hole-punched and organized as they are received. You can also insert your own notes into the binder.

Reviewing the Notes — Read your notes within two hours or less of receiving them. Once you have reviewed the notes, try to paraphrase important points that the instructor made in the lecture, fill in gaps as you remember points heard but not recorded, and find answers to any questions remaining unanswered. Answer the following questions:

  • Can I read the notes?
  • Do they include important information from the lecture and include information that was written on the board/overhead?
  • Does the notetaker use headings, bullets, indentations, and underline or star (*) major points and key words? Do they leave plenty of white space for later additions?
  • Do I understand the notetaker's abbreviations?