Scribe/Reader/Notetaker/Taping Services Guidelines
University of Baltimore:
The need for note-takers will be documented in the accommodations letter. Students who cannot take notes or who have difficulty taking adequate notes, can be accommodated in a number of ways, including: taping lectures, using an in-class volunteer note-taker, and/or providing an outline of lecture materials. The student may ask the instructor for assistance in finding a classmate who would volunteer to provide a copy of lecture notes. Instructors can also be of great assistance in quality assurance by occasionally reviewing copies of the notes, especially early in the term, and giving feedback to the note-taker. The note-taker may copy notes at DSS or use carbonless paper, available to the student with a disability at no cost from the DSS.
One way that institutions hire notetakers:
One way that institutions handle taped texts:
Students who have difficulty with printed material may receive their textbooks on tape through Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). In the event that the requested textbooks are not available through RFB&D, Disability Support Services will record the texts using qualified students. Arrangements for such accommodations must be made through DSS at the beginning of each semester. Eligibility for this service is determined on an individualized basis. Students must demonstrate a substantial visual or learning impairment to receive this supplemental material.
In order to assure textbook availability, students must fill out an application for the books on tape program. On this application, students will list the course(s) for which they are requesting texts on tape.
In general, four to six weeks notice is required to obtain taped textbooks. DSS will make every attempt to provide materials as promptly as possible. However, late requests will result in a delay in providing materials.
Once students are notified that their texts on tape are available
for pick up, they are expected to retrieve the material. Students who do
not pick up
their texts on tape from DSS in a timely matter may lose the privilege of this
service. Additionally, students who do not return RFB&D material at the
end of the semester may incur a $50 penalty. DSS will make every effort to
students about the need to return texts on tape before a penalty is imposed.
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