Students who are registered with AccessAbility Services may qualify for note taking accommodations. If you are approved for note taking accommodations and wish to receive notes for your courses, you must register online through your myAIMS (Accessibility Information Management System) account. You are required to register for your note taking accommodations prior to the beginning of the academic session, or as soon as you register with the service.
Learn more about Note Taking
Requesting a Note Taker
Step 1: Log-In to myAIMS
You will find a myAIMS link (red and white button) on every page on the website. To request note taking for your courses, log-in using your UTORid and password.
Step 2: Selecte the Courses and Request a Note Taker
To request note taking click on Courses/Notes located on the left hand navigation panel. You will then see a table listing your courses, followed by three columns.
Step 3: Recruitment
Once you have requested note taking for your courses, inform AccessAbility Services office that you need a Note Taking Package. This package is sent to course instructors, and is the first step to recruiting a note taker for your course. The Note Taking Package is available to download from our website, or you can request a copy from firstname.lastname@example.org or visit AA142 during open hours to obtain a hard-copy. You must send or deliver the Note Taking Package to your course instructor as soon as possible, in order for them to recruit note takers from your class. Visit the Recruiting a Note taker page for more information on this process.
If you have any questions, please let us know. Email email@example.com or call 416-287-7560.
Recruiting a Note Taker
Selecting a Note Taker
Viewing and downloading notes
Students must not enroll in courses with meeting times that conflict
- Students who knowingly enroll in courses that conflict should not expect that a section change will be approved by the professor at a later date.
- Students should not expect special consideration if they choose to remain in courses that conflict. This includes requesting note taking accommodations in both courses.
- The service will not provide note taking accommodations for two courses which are running at the same time.
If you have any concerns, please speak with your Disability Consultant.
Students are expected to attend all lectures. Receipt of volunteer notes is not the equivalent of attending class. Note taking accommodations are designed to supplement a student’s own notes and/or enhance understanding of the material covered during lectures.
Note taking accommodations are approved when the impact of a disability may negatively affect the ability to take sufficient notes during lectures and tutorials. The purpose of receiving peer notes is to provide an accurate, complete set of notes, should students have difficulty doing this themselves due to concentration difficulties, information processing difficulties, difficulties with writing, etc.
Attending class provides students with a context for the notes, and allows them to determine what content is more important. When students choose not to attend lectures, this can impact the reputation of the note taking program and deter volunteers from supplying a copy of their notes. Frequent non-disability-related absences will initiate a suspension of service for the course until students meet with their Disability Consultant to review accommodation needs and applicable procedures.
During the academic term, students should be checking their myAIMS account at least once per week and following up on any issues or difficulty with AccessAbility Services in a timely manner.
Learning takes place throughout the entire semester. As such, students need to access peer notes on a regular basis to review and facilitate the learning process.
We do recognize that there may be extenuating disability-related circumstances that may prevent a student from accessing their myAIMS account. If this is the case, students are encouraged to speak with their Disability Consultant immediately. An exception to this policy will be taken into consideration if there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., hospitalization).
Changes to your Timetable
The online myAIMS account is synced with ACORN timetables. If courses appear in ACORN, they will also appear in the myAIMS account. Please note that the changes made on ACORN are reflected on myAIMS within 24-48 hours.
If students have added a course and require note taking, they must also log-in to myAIMS to request note taking, and follow the steps to ensure a note taker is recruited for this course. For more information, please review the Requesting a Note Taker instructions.
If a course appears on ACORN but not in your myAIMS account within 48 hours of adding, please inform AccessAbility Services immediately.
If students no longer require note taking for a course, please Log-in to myAIMS and change the “I require a note taker" status from “YES" to “NO" for the applicable course.
It is the students responsibility to be familiar with expectations for course components such as assignments and exams. If a note taker has provided information in the notes about due dates or expectations for course components, it is the responsibility of the individual receiving the notes to check with the professor or QUERQUS to ensure this information is accurate.
Students are not permitted to share notes with peers.
AccessAbility Services has obtained permission from the note taker to provide their lecture notes to students with disabilities who require this as an academic support. Providing notes to other students without the note taker's consent is in violation of the agreement with the note taker, against AccessAbility Services' policies and regulations, and can endanger the reputation of our services. If students are found sharing the notes with peers, they will be called to meet with a Disability Consultant to review their responsibility in the accommodation process and the accommodation will be re-assessed