A note taker is hired to provide notes to supplement the notes taken by the student with the disability. The notes are not be used as a substitute for class attendance. The note taker is a fellow student in the class who is recruited via class email, by the student with the disability or with help by the faculty member. The note taker must first meet with CEA staff to discuss the responsibilities and what the expectations of the service will entail. The note taker completes the Note Taker Services Form during this meeting.
When taking notes, a student is not expected to do anything outside of what they normally do when taking notes for themselves. The note taker and CEA student need to discuss the best way for the CEA student to receive their notes; either by email or copies made in the CEA and posting on the bulletin board for the student to pick up.
Notes should be forwarded to the student no later than 48 hours after the class. If the note taker is unable to attend class, they are responsible for arranging for a fellow classmate to take notes. CEA will not pay the substitute note taker. If the note taker is unable to continue providing the service, the student must be informed as well as CEA, immediately, so a replacement note taker can be assigned.
All communication regarding note taking that comes from CEA will be sent through student's ubalt email. It is imperative that the CEA student as well as the note taker check their ubalt email account on a daily basis and respond to all messages received from the CEA.
The note taker will receive a stipend payment for each course at the end of the semester.
Sign Language Interpreters are provided for students, staff or faculty who need to communicate using this communication method.
Interpreters are provided based on a request made through the Center for Educational Access. The Center requires a minimum of seven (7) days’ notice for a request in order to assign an interpreter for a class or event on campus.
The Center for Educational Access offers alternate formats for textbooks and course materials. Textbooks in alternate formats need to be requested in a timely manner in order to be provided prior to the start of classes. The Center contacts publishers and requests the books in the alternate format as needed by the student. If the textbook cannot be obtained through the publisher, the Center will work with other organizations, such as Learning Ally, to obtain the book. Another option would be to scan the book purchased by the student. This option does require the Center to break the binding of the book in order to scan and create an alternate format.
Course materials that need to be in alternate formats can be requested through the Center as well. This can include enlarged handouts, use of colored paper and Braille.
Students who want full access to Learning Ally's services (e.g., ordering books for personal interest) can apply for an individual membership by calling the company at 1.800.803.7201.
Testing accommodations are provided based on the student's documentation and determined in collaboration with the staff of the Center for Educational Access. Testing accommodations can include extended time, low distraction environment, use of a computer and other accommodations as determined through the interactive process between the student and the staff of the Center for Educational Access.