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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Academic and Classroom Accommodations & Services

Note Taking Assistance

There are several options for obtaining lecture or classroom notes as an approved accommodation.

  • Digital audio recording to save audio files on a computer or regular tape recording may be alternatives. If you are going to record the lectures, as a courtesy, inform your instructor.
  • Instructors may post notes our lecture outlines on their web-sites which can be downloaded and printed.
  • Instructors may lecture from power point presentations and may be able to provide these on request as an accommodation.
  • Eligible students may also use classmates who volunteer to take notes using carbon less note-taking paper which is available from the DSS Secretary.
    • The class volunteer note-taker may be paid a stipend at the end of the quarter if the student
      • has properly registered with DSS by turning in the note-taking contract form and
      • has provided notes until the end of the quarter

Many students find that learning a note taking system such as the one taught in the college’s student success and study skills classes is invaluable. It helps you produce more efficient notes when you take them yourself or helps you organize for study more efficiently using the notes from a volunteer note-taker.

Steps to receive note taking assistance: 


  1. Review the class requirements with your counselor/advisor, discuss the alternatives and decide what would work best.
  2. If note taking assistance is an approved accommodation, take the note-taking packet and to your classroom instructor to discuss your preference for locating a note taker or ask a classmate.
  3. Provide the appropriate materials to the instructor and volunteer note taker, including the Note-taker Contract, if appropriate.
  4. Inform the volunteer note taker that they may receive a stipend at the end of the quarter if they turn in the Note-taker Contract to DSS or ask the instructor to do so.
  5. Pick up note taking paper at the reception area of EDC or DSS.
  6. Report any problems finding note takers or with their performance to your counselor/advisor immediately.
  7. In case your note-taker is absent, have a back-up plan. This might include recruiting a secondary note-taker, or requesting that the teacher assist in locating an emergency note-taker for the day.
  8. Inform DSS or EDC immediately if the note-taker drops the class or if you withdraw from the course.
  • Note taking is an approved accommodation when supported by current documentation.
  • Photocopying at DSS/EDC is available
    • for power point outlines,
    • if there are two or more students in a class who require note-taking assistance, or
    • if your instructor requests that we make copies of his or her overheads or lecture notes.
  • You must attend class to receive note-taking assistance.
  • Students receiving captioned transcripts will solicit a volunteer note-taker from the class to record board or other written information and will not participate in the stipend note-taking program.


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Last Updated: 1/27/10