Notetaking Assistance


Students who have a disability or condition that limits their ability to take adequate classroom notes may qualify for notetaking accommodations. Eligible SDS students may utilize their notetaking accommodation by using a digital voice recorder in the classroom to record lectures. Digital voice recorders are purchased by the student. Similarly, a notetaker may be identified as the most appropriate notetaking accommodation for a registered SDS student. Notetakers are solicited in class on a volunteer basis. The professor may ask for a volunteer notetaker or circulate a sign-up sheet in class for volunteers. This request is done without identifying the SDS student. Copies of notes can be distributed by the professor. When a volunteer notetaker is identified, that student may choose to use carbonless paper supplied by SDS. If a volunteer notetaker prefers to take notes on his/her own paper, SDS will photocopy notes in our office.

Important information if you are receiving notes from a volunteer notetaker:


  • Students receiving notetaking accommodations may choose to disclose their identity to the volunteer notetaker
  • Students must attend class to obtain notes from a notetaker
  • If you have disclosed your identity to your notetaker, notify the notetaker if you decide to withdraw from the class
  • If you have difficulty reading the notes given to you, it is your responsibility to communicate this to the professor or notetaker
  • Having a notetaker does not mean that you are exempt from taking class notes. Taking class notes helps you concentrate on the lecture so stay connected by taking whatever notes you can.