Notetaking/Lecture Capture Assistance 

In class lectures are a very important part of a college education, as such notetaking/lecture capture assistance can be one of the most important accommodations a person with a disability. We encourage students eligible to apply for and if approved to utilize this service.

If you are interested in utilizing this service, please contact Laura Armour at or your assigned counselor to discuss arrangements. 

We have various options available to you as a college student. 

Instructor-Provided Notes

If your instructors are willing to, they may provide you with notes. Present your Letter of Accommodations to your instructors and ask if they would be willing to provide you with notes or their comprehensive PowerPoint slides ahead of time.


Many students find that using technology (e.g., LiveScribe pen, Sonocent software, audio recording) is an effective way to obtain class notes/recordings and some like that it promotes autonomy. Speak with your AAS counselor or the notetaking coordinator, Laura Armour, about the different technologies available and about which one will work best for you. AAS will provide the necessary equipment and will offer training workshops and support as needed. In addition, AAS will ask you to sign an agreement that governs your use of any class recordings.

Live Scribe Pen

The Livescribe or smartpen consists of a digital pen, digital paper, and software applications. A ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder are used together with Anoto digital paper. This allows you to record and play back everything you write and hear.. This allows users to replay portions of a recording by tapping on the notes they were taking at the time the recording was made. It is also possible to select which portion of a recording to replay by clicking on the relevant portion of a page on-screen, once it has been synced to the Livescribe Desktop software. Then, using a USB cable, transfer your notes and audio to your computer


Sonocent is an amazing organizational tool that can help you improve your performance in classes. It is a note-taking software that allows you to capture, organize and communicate information and thoughts as speech, text and images. You can gather information from presentations, meetings or even from presentation slides and documents. It also allows you to brainstorm or plan out your written work. You can then share your notes and ideas with others

Audio Recorders/smart phone

you may be able to use your smart phone to record the professor during lecture or sign out a small recording device through AAS.

Laptop or tablet

for lecture capture assistance and/or for in- class writing assignments


Take pictures of board and/or peers notes