Note-takers supply a copy of their notes to a student with a disability. Note-takers also take notes during student organization meetings, presentations, lectures from guest speakers, etc.

Nationally, note-taking is the most long-standing and commonly used accommodation by students with disabilities in postsecondary education. In the late seventies, the note-taking accommodation was most frequently used to provide access to students who were deaf. However, as more students with differing disabilities attended colleges and universities, the population of students using the note-taking accommodation expanded to include students with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, physical impairments and Acquired Brain Injury, just to name a few.

Today, there are options available that provide more independence. These options include recording class, the use of a smartpen and other technological options. Speak with your Center for Accessibility Resources coordinator to discuss effective note-taking options.

What is the institution's obligation to provide note-takers?

Note-takers are considered an auxiliary aid and are mandated by Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation. It is the university's responsibility to ensure that eligible students with disabilities who request note-takers are provided this accommodation in a timely manner.

Who uses note-takers?

Students who cannot process information while transcribing their notes use note-takers to provide them equal access to lectures. Additionally, students who are deaf use note-takers primarily because they cannot watch interpreters and take notes at the same time.

How does an instructor obtain a note-taker for a student?

Using a script provided by Center for Accessibility Resources, instructors at Metropolitan State solicit volunteer note-takers from students enrolled in their classes. The instructor receives the tools listed below.

In rare cases, the Center for Accessibility Resources will pay a note-taker to take class notes on a laptop for individuals who cannot access handwritten notes.

Tools for volunteer note-taker system:

I. Materials in envelope attached to the note-taker binder:

  1. Instruction sheet for faculty
  2. Sample script for solicitation of note-taker

II. Materials in note-taker binder:

  1. No carbon required paper (NCR). NCR paper is designed to produce (using the heavy cardstock sheet) up to three sets of notes per notetaker
  2. Techniques for effective notetaking
  3. Self-addressed/postage paid envelop to Center for Accessibility Resources
  4. Note-taker Volunteer Information Form (note-takers are then eligible for 50 hours of community service)

Please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources via email or call 651-793-1549 if you have questions or require additional information.