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Assistive Note Taking Device

Assistive note taking devices can provide students with physical or processing deficits the ability to take notes for themselves in a form that they can use.

Assistive note taking devices include any software or equipment supporting a student's ability to take notes in class. Braille note taking devices allow blind students who read Braille to take notes for themselves. Students with visual impairments or mobility impairments may be better able to take notes using laptop computers. Audio recording devices and digital recording pens can be used to record lectures or take down abbreviated notes, allowing a student to replay the lecture at a different speed or volume, or to review or fill in missed gaps in notes.

Responsibilities


Student

Students should notify the services for students with disabilities office if they are intending to use an assistive note taking device, especially if they do not have their own device and need an assistive note taking device or software. Students have a responsibility to honor faculty intellectual property by not sharing digital files or notes with others without faculty permission.

Faculty

Faculty are responsible for allowing students to use assistive note taking devices in the classroom with the understanding that students are not allowed to share notes or audio files with others without permission.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying faculty of the student's right to use assistive note taking devices, providing them with appropriate resources, and assisting students in communicating with faculty. Some institutions provide students with assistive note taking devices as an accommodation.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Students who are unable to write legible notes may benefit from using a lap top computer or audio recording device to assist them with taking notes.

Inability to Stay Awake : Audio recording devices may be used to record class lectures so a student with difficulty staying awake in class can replay ant material they may have missed.

Low Vision : Audio recording devices can provide students with an auditory, rather than visual, record of class information.

Blindness : Students who are blind may benefit from use of a laptop, Braille note taking device or audio recorder to assist them with note taking.

Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Using an audio recorder or a digital recording pen can assist students in reviewing information and to fill in missing or incomplete information.

Sensory Distractibility : An assistive note taking device, such as a digital recording pen, may be used to review information missed when the student became distracted by extraneous sights or sounds in the classroom.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : A digital recording pen that records auditory information along with a student's notes can be useful later to clarify diagrams or other visually presented information.

Processing Deficit (Language) : An audio recorder or a digital recording pen allows students to compensate for processing difficulties by reviewing lectures at a slower pace and using both visual and auditory input to clarify their class notes.

Processing Deficit (Auditory) : An audio recorder or a digital recording pen allows students with auditory processing deficits to review lectures later at a slower pace and clarify auditory information that might have been missed or misunderstood during class.

Information Processing Speed : An audio recorder or a digital recording allows students the opportunity to review lectures later at a slower pace and to clarify notes, diagrams or other lecture information that might have been missed during class.

Fatigue (Cognitive) : An audio recorder or a digital recording pen can assist students who have difficulty concentrating on the lecture as a result of cognitive fatigue.

Attentional Underfocus : The recording provided by an audio recorder or a digital recording pen can assist students in reviewing information and to capture information that they missed during lecture.

Attentional Overfocus : An audio recorder or a digital recording pen can assist students in reviewing information and to capture information that they missed during lecture because they were focused on certain details.

Production (Written) : Auditory recording devices may assist students who have difficulty with grammar, word choice, spelling, or organization of sentence or paragraph structure by providing class information in an auditory format which can be reviewed later.

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