Notetaking - Action On Hearing Loss: RNID

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Notetakers accompany people to talks or meetings and provide a set of notes for people who are unable to take their own because they may be lipreading or watching a sign language interpreter.

Notetakers are common in schools, universities and work meetings.

There are two types of notetakers, electronic and manual.

Electronic notetakers

Electronic notetakers compile their notes on a laptop and use two laptops. One screen will be for the person who is deaf and the other for the notetaker. The operator usually types a summary of what is being said and the text appears on the users screen. The user then decides what they want to keep.

Sometimes the operator will type all the notes and hand them over after the meeting or talk. If you are looking for a word-for-word reporting service, a speech-to-text reporter would be more suitable.

Manual notetakers

Manual notetakers are most commonly used in educational environments. They take notes in handwritten English.

Book a notetaker

Are you looking to book a notetaker?

We provide an excellent communication support service. Booking a notetaker with us is easy and we can provide additional support on how to choose between an electronic and manual notetaker.

If you are booking communication support for the workplace, you may be eligible for funding from the government funded Access to Work scheme. Find out how we can help you with your funding application.

For more information, contact us:

Telephone: 0845 685 8000
Textphone: 0845 685 8001


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