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Information for New and Potential Notetakers:
AccessAbility Services requires reliable volunteer notetakers to assist students with dsiabilities to achieve academic success.

Students who require the service of a notetaker may not be able to take complete notes due to a number of reasons, some of which are visible, such as having an amputated hand. The reason may also be invisible, such as vision or hearing loss, mental health, chronic health disabilities, a learning disability or ADHD. For example, they may require note taking support due to difficulties in processing auditory information, visual-motor co-ordination, or the ability to sustain focus and attention. Volunteer Notetakers give students with disabilities the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability in university.


Notetaker Responsibilities:

  • Provide a copy of your notes to AccessAbility Services within 24 hours of each lecture.
  • Attend your classes regularly and take notes.
  • Notify AccessAbility Services if any issues arise.


Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Help others and give back to your community
  • Build your resume
  • Receive a letter and certificate of recognition
  • Receive a Passport Program Stamp (for 1st year students)
  • Count your volunteer hours towards SCSU’s Volunteer Network Program to be eligible for prizes and awards (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/vnp)
  • Past volunteers often say that being a Note Taker motivates them to attend class, be more attentive, participate in class discussions and take comprehensive notes, which works to benefit both the Notetaker and the student(s) requiring the notes


Providing Notes:

AccessAbility Services wants to make the process as simple as possible for volunteer note takers. If you type your notes, you can upload them online directly. If you hand write your notes, you may scan them (at home or on the AccessAbility Services scanner) and upload them online.

To become a Volunteer Notetaker:

  1. Log-in to your myAIMS note taker profile account.  Complete your note taker profile and select the courses that you are interested in being a volunteer note taker for (by visiting the 'Course/Notes' page on this website)
  2. Upload sample notes from your lecture.  These sample notes will allow students to determine if your notes suite their disabilty-related needs.  These needs will vary widely from student to student and by course (e.g. some students require typed notes, some students prefer hand written notes)
  3. AccessAbility Services will e-mail you if a student selects you as their notetaker


Length of Commitment:

Selected volunteers are committed for the duration of the academic term of the course for which they are a Notetaker.

If you have additional questions, please see our
FAQ Section.

For more information, please contact:

notetaking@utsc.utoronto.ca
416-208-2662
or visit our website:
www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ability