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Having access to quality class notes is an integral part of learning.  If writing notes in class is a barrier, a note-taking accommodation may be requested.

Note-taking Designed for All Students:

Design instructional supports for all students which minimizes the need for individual note-taking.  Consider:

Interpreters/CART Captioners

Interpreters and CART captioners provide communication access to deaf and hard of hearing individuals:

  • Sign Language Interpreters translate spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) and often work in teams.
  • CART captioners are trained professionals who use a steno machine, software and a computer to translate spoken English into printed text.

Interpreters and CART captioners:

Document Conversion

There are several things that you, as an instructor, can do to assure all your students have access to course materials in a format that is accessible with assistive technologies and mobile devices. It takes time to create an accessible version of printed textbooks that can be accessed by screen readers and text-to-speech technologies. An accessible, electronic, version of a printed textbook is acquired by either requesting an electronic copy directly from the publisher or by scanning and converting the book manually.  With the time factor in mind consider:

Attendance Requirements

Students who believe that they cannot adhere to an attendance policy because of circumstances directly related to a disability may seek an accommodation. As with all accommodations, the process for students to initiate a request for attendance accommodations is through Disability Resources. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with the course instructor.

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

The University will provide reasonable accommodation(s) upon request to an otherwise qualified employee or student as required by law. Reasonable accommodations ensure equal access to University employment, educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual’s needs.  The extent of such accommodation(s) cannot impose an undue hardship upon the University, constitute a fundamental alteration to a program, or compromise academic integrity.