Become a Volunteer Note Taker for a Student with a Disability
Volunteer notetakers provide an important service by ensuring students with a disability have full access to the material and information presented in class. Being a volunteer note taker requires a minimal amount of time effort- you just share the notes you are already taking in class!
Taking notes in class provides access for students with a variety of disabilities including
ADHD Learning Disabilities Visual Disabilities Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Psychological Disabilities Traumatic Brain Injury Autism Medical Disabilities
Being a volunteer notetaker requires consistent class attendance and a willingness to share your notes after every class if there is a student with a disability who needs your notes. If your services are needed you will be eligible for service hours for the time you spend taking notes. SSD will provide verification of service hours at the end of the semester.
Interested? Here are your next steps!
Complete the Volunteer Notetaker Application . You will be asked which classes you are available to provide notes for. (You must be registered for the course as a student in order to be a volunteer notetaker for that class).
Once your application has been reviewed you will receive an email from SSD verifying your acceptance as a volunteer notetaker. You will be asked to upload sample notes to the SSD Web Portal so students can view your notes and decide if they want to select you as a notetaker. While typed notes in Word documents are preferred, you can also take pictures of handwritten notes and upload the notes as photos. Your identity will be hidden from students- they only will see your notes, not your name.
If a student selects you as a notetaker you will receive an email letting you know that your services are needed. At that point you will begin uploading your notes after every class. If you are unable to serve as a notetaker for any reason you are asked to notify SSD immediately so another notetaker can be assigned.
Thanks for helping to make UT an accessible and inclusive environment for students with disabilities!
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