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Notetaking Support

Notetaking accommodations are provided to students who are registered with SAR and have been approved for this accommodation.

Note taking Guidelines

The barriers to note taking can vary based on different disabilities. Therefore, a variety of accommodations are necessary to fit the needs of the student. Our staff can provide recommendations for Note taking apps, or students can utilize one of the options below each semester.

Available Technology

 Otter AI Note taker

Otter AI is an automated note taking support program which is used to write automatic meeting notes with real-time transcription, recorded audio, automated slide capture, and automated meeting summaries.

LiveScribe Smartpen

Why Smartpens?

  • These pens can audio record lectures and synchronize with written notes.
  • Research indicates students learn more efficiently by taking their own notes.
  • Provides students with a way to take an interactive approach to learning.

Student Note taker

In some circumstances, a student staff note taker can be assigned to a student to provide a copy of notes. Typically, this accommodation is only assigned if other notetaking options are not possible.

IMPORTANT: Notetaking support is designed to supplement student learning. Having a notetaker does not relieve the student with a disability from the responsibility of attending class, actively participating, and taking notes to the best of their ability. Notes are typically NOT provided for absences. Students will need to obtain notes from a peer in the event of excessive absences.


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