The purpose of the Computerized Note-taking Services(CNS) is to provide text for Deaf and hard of hearing persons to read in classroom settings, meetings, workshops, and other similar environments where CNS may be required.
CNS staff are required to keep all information confidential. Information regarding Deaf or hard of hearing persons and their related services will be kept in strict confidence. When there are two CNS staff teaming a session they will share information about the session to provide consistent quality of service.
CNS staff will not counsel, advise or interject their personal opinions and must remain neutral. The interpretation or translation shall be faithful to the message of the source language.
How is the service performed ?
The CNS provider types all spoken communication onto a laptop computer. Everything that is heard will be captured in real time including: lectures, videotapes, questions/comments, presentations, group activities and any other information relating to content or participant interaction. The CNS will sit beside the client requiring services and close to the presenter or speaker to clearly hear and see all visual aids utilized by the presenter. Environmental sounds, such as a knock on the door or a fire alarm, are also transcribed.
CNS staff will also provide:
- An edited copy of the notes to the Deaf or hard of hearing persons.
- Clarification of written information from other materials that are available such as a text book, hand-outs, computers, CDs, etc.
What is the cost ?
As of September 1st the rates are now $60.00/hr for CNS during business hours (8:00-4:00) with a 1.5 hour minimum. After business hours and holidays and weekends are $70.00/hr with a 2 hr min.
Mileage is .42/km and travel time is compensated the same as our hourly rates
Assignment cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged as services rendered.
Pending availability of funds provided by The City of Regina and The City of Saskatoon, there may be free Computerized Note Taking Services accessed for Sport, Culture, & Recreational activities within Regina and Saskatoon. These free Computerized Note Taking Services are made possible through the Community Granting Program which is funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries. Please contact Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services offices for more information.