In-Class Reader/Aide/Scribe - Faculty
Information for Faculty
In-class Readers/Aides/Scribes are CAR staff who function in the classroom as an approved accommodation for eligible students. These providers may be in the class full-time or part-time as needed. This page offers more information about these providers’ roles, as well as resources for working with them.
On this Page:
- In-Class and Labs
- Tips and Tricks for Working with Readers/Aides/Scribes
- Scheduling Outside Class Time
- Personal Care Attendants
- Outside Resources
- Related Pages
- Readers/Aides/Scribes are not registered for the class, and should not participate except for in the narrow scope of their role (examples include asking for clarification, assisting students with manual tasks as necessary, etc.) as a part of the student’s approved accommodations.
- Readers/Scribes/Aides are not tutors and do not have contact with students outside of class.
- Seating will need to be available for these individuals.
- Duties may include: describing visual material presented in class, assisting with classroom activities or in-class assignments; setting up materials and doing the "hands-on" work in labs.
- In-class aides/readers/scribes are not replacements for captioning and providing visual descriptions; these in-class helpers will not describe video. If possible, please provide a transcript of video or audio materials shared in class.
In-class Readers/Scribes/Aides in labs will only help to carry out lab procedures that students are unable to complete due to their disabilities. All information about actual lab processes and procedures are the student's responsibility.
- Will perform only those tasks directed by the student.
- Will not function as a teacher or tutor.
- Will not prompt or guide a student in performing a lab task.
- Will adhere to proper lab procedures.
As a Reader/Aide/Scribe may be in the classroom most of the time with the student, it is important to know how to interact with them as a faculty member. This pdf with tips and tricks outlines general tips for working with in class Readers/Aides/Scribes. (pdf will be linked soon)
Sometimes, a student will need to meet with their instructor outside of scheduled class time. If a Readers/Scribe/Aide is needed for these meetings, please direct the student to contact their Accommodation Specialist.
The college does not provide personal care attendants or aides to assist students with disabilities in carrying out personal functions or navigating campus.
In rare cases, a non-staff "Support Person" may accompany a student if there are specific personal assistance needs. This is not considered an accommodation and is contingent upon faculty approval for an additional, non-student to be in the classroom.
For more information about personal care attendants, please see this PDF.
What type of communication am I allowed to have with the reader/aide/scribe?
- All communication during and outside of class should happen with the student directly. The reader/scribe/aide is only there to perform specific duties. If you have questions for CAR, please contact the office directly.
Do I schedule outside of class appointments with the reader/aide/scribe?
- Sometimes, a student will need to meet with their instructor outside of scheduled class time. If a Readers/Scribe/Aide is needed for these meetings, please direct the student to contact their Accommodation Specialist.
- PDF: Personal Care Attendants
- PDF: Tips and Tricks for Working with Reader/Scribe/Aides