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Online Note-taker Training

Unit One – The Purpose of Note-Taking Services

  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandate equal access to education, employment, and public services for qualified individuals with disabilities. In an educational setting, note-taking services may be deemed a reasonable accommodation, providing individuals who have disabilities with equal access to their education, not giving them an unfair advantage.
  2. There are many reasons why a student might receive note-taking accommodations. Students who have sensory impairments (visual and hearing), learning disabilities and other cognitive impairments, and physical disabilities may all benefit from the service.
  3. There are many benefits for the note-taker as well. Being chosen as a note-taker is a valuable experience which could be included in a resume. Note-takers also benefit from taking notes for someone else by improving the quality and organization of class notes. Participation in the program also encourages regular class attendance. As a token of appreciation, after completing a full term as a note-taker, students will be presented with a Letter of Recommendation from the Office of Disability Resources.