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Texts & Notes

Texts In Alternate Format

To request textbooks in alternate format from Disability Services:

  • Find out which textbooks you need for each term on the RIT bookstore website at

    • Follow the instructions to create your textbook list.
    • Enter your course info & hit the "Find Materials" button.
    • Copy or print out the Course Materials page you've created.

  • Let Disability Services know which books you need: Use the form below to enter your textbook information. Please submit your requests as early as possible; processing time for books can vary.
  • Obtain the book:You must show Disability Services your book or the receipt so we can verify for the publisher that the book has been purchased.

Texts in Alternate Format Request Form

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Note-Taking Services

Students who have been offered the accommodation “Note-taking; need for notes in each class to be determined each term” due to a disability should:

  1. Attend each class at least once. (Take note of pace of lecture, ratio of lecture to discussions/workshops, resources provided by the professor etc.)
  2. After at least one week of classes schedule an appointment to discuss the note-taking requests you’re considering. Call 475-2023 or email to schedule.
  3. Attend your appointment - your request for note-takers will be made during this meeting.
  4. Wait to hear back from the DSO - We will contact you once note-takers have been hired.
  5. Let us know ASAP if your schedule changes or if you determine that notes are no longer needed in a particular class.

To access your notes: Once note-takers are in place you can log-on to using your RIT username and password. Classes in which a note-taker have been provided should be listed under the "Class Notes" tab.

If you encounter a problem with your notes: Inform the Disability Services Office ASAP using this form: Note-taking Feedback.

Please keep in mind that the DSO hires peer note-takers only. Note-takers are not responsible for handouts or other class materials. Notes should be considered supplements and are not a substitute for class attendance. There may be occasions when a note taker must be absent due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances.

Learn to be a better note-taker: Effective note-taking is a skill that can be developed and strengthened over time. Whether you’re in high school, college, or grad school you can learn to how to be a more effective note-taker. Try some of these suggestions:

  1. Make use of an audio recording device like the Livescribe Smart Pen:
  2. Try an app such as AudioNote, SomNote, Evernote, or SoundNote
  3. Attend a note taking workshop offerred by the Academic Support Center - ASC Workshop Schedule Page
  4. Review these strategies and tips for Effective Listening and Note Taking.
  5. Form a study group and compare/share your notes
  6. Schedule a one-on-one note taking review appointment with DSO staff.