ASL Interpreting & Realtime Notetaking

COVID-19 Update

The college is closed for the time being but we are still working. While we are delivering our courses in a remote format, your note taking requirements may be different than they are with face-to-face instruction. You can work with your counsellor to find a solution that meets your needs.


If you are a student who is Deaf or hard of hearing, you may require interpreting or Realtime Notetaking services. ASL Interpreting and Realtime Notetaking are services available for students who are enrolled in Fleming programs and who register with AES.
Hiring and scheduling interpreters can take several weeks due to the limited ASL Interpreter resources within our campus areas. If interpreting is one of the accommodations you will be requesting, please meet with your counsellor at least 5 weeks before classes start.

The AES Facilitator will be notified of Interpreter/Realtime Notetaking requests for academic classes, appointments, tests, etc.


About Notetaking

College courses may include lectures where the course material is presented verbally by the teacher. This learning environment may create barriers that notetaking helps address. For example:
Notes can be useful if you have difficulty with:

  • Maintaining your attention for the whole period
  • Processing what the teacher is saying as fast as they’re saying it
  • Listening and taking notes at the same time
  • Manually writing your own notes
  • Hearing everything the professor says

There really are many reasons why students with different types of disabilities need accommodations to level the playing field in this type of learning environment.

Often your teachers provide all students with a copy of their lecture notes and that may be enough for you. In situations where your teachers don’t provide notes or if the notes they provide aren’t detailed enough, you might need notetaking accommodations.

Note taking is an accommodation you can request in your appointment with your counsellor.
You receive your notes after class within 48 hours.

Types of Notetaking

We provide two types of notetaking accommodations:

Notetaking Services – Students are registered with our notetaking provider and will uploaded their recorded notes to their secure student account. Within 48 hours the notetaking service with provide a summary of the class notes available for students to download. This is the most common type of notetaking and meets the needs of most students.

Computerized notetaking – A notetaker joins the class and types the lecture content nearly word for word, students will receive their notes 24 hours after class. This is usually used as an alternative to ASL interpreting.

Your counsellor will include this accommodation in your Letter of Accommodation but how it gets arranged depends on when your accommodation appointment with your counsellor takes place.