Other Supports

Note-Taking Assistance

Note-taking assistance is provided as an academic adjustment for students whose documented disabilities interfere with their abilities to take notes.  Note-taker assistance is intended for a student’s personal study use only and is not to be shared with other individuals. This service is provided as a necessary academic adjustment and is not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation in class.  Students are responsible for notifying the SDS office if notetaking arrangements have not been made within the first two weeks of the class or if other difficulties occur during the semester.  Note-takers are hired by the SDS and are responsible only for taking notes while in the classroom; they are not hired as personal tutors for students.

Sign Language Interpreters

New students should meet with the SDS office to determine eligibility for sign language interpreting and to determine if ASL or Oral interpreting is required. New and returning students should provide the SDS office with a copy of their schedule and request interpreters immediately upon registration for the new semester in order to provide sufficient time to set up services. Inform the SDS office as soon as possible if there have been any changes to the schedule so that there is sufficient time to accommodate the changes. Students requesting interpreters for additional activities, appointments, or tutoring sessions, must put the requests in writing including the date, time, and room/campus location of the event.

Personal Assistants

Personal Assistants work directly for the student with a disability.  If a student has been approved for the use of a personal assistant/educational coach by the SDS office, it is the student’s responsibility to make a contract with that individual.  GCC is not responsible for providing services of a personal nature, such as a personal assistant.  Students who use PAs are responsible for securing, training, supervising, and paying their assistants.