The Catholic University of America


Smart Start 

Want to get a jump start on your academics? Then join us one day early for Smart Start!

Welcome to Smart Start 2014

Smart Start is an annual workshop offered by the Office of Disability Support Services for incoming freshmen students with learning and attention disabilities. The workshop focuses on time management skills, introductions to assistive technology, and will help students formulate their learning profiles, all in an effort help ensure a smooth transition to college. This is also a great time for incoming students to meet the DSS staff and other CUA professionals that will be pertinent to their success while at CUA. 

Past attendees have enjoyed meeting other students with similar learning styles and have found Smart Start to be very beneficial. Comments from past attendees include: "Thank you so much for having me at Smart Start.  It was great and so helpful. This was a great idea and so helpful for school." 

If you are interested in applying, please find the 2014 application and additional information below.


Smart Start 2014

Join Disability Support Services for a fun and informative workshop on self-advocacy.  We want you to make the most out of your time here at CUA so let DSS help you get started on the right foot!


Who?              First year students who have a documented Learning Disability and/or AD/HD. (Prior to being accepted to the program, documentation of a disability must be on file and approved.)

 What?             A one-day orientation focused on giving you the academic and personal skills that will help you excel at CUA.  Our workshop will explore topics such as:

·         self advocacy

·         learning profiles

·         academic accommodations

·         academic resources

·         time management

·         assistive technology (Read and Write Gold, Kurzweil, Smartpens, etc.)

·         E-books


Where?          The Catholic University of America – Pryzbyla Center. If interested in attending our program, we will arrange for you to move into your residence hall two days early (Tuesday, August 19, 2014.) 

When?           Wednesday, August 20th  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

                        Parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Parent Information Session from 8:00 am -9:30 a.m.   

Why?              Being a good self-advocate and having knowledge about campus resources are important skills to develop as they will greatly assist you in your college career. 


Application Information: Space is limited. Applications and documentation will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Program acceptance will be completed on a rolling basis once file is complete. 


Smart Start Follow Up Events

Group outing the evening after Smart Start: This year we will be attending a Nationals baseball game.   This is a great way to meet other students.

Pizza Lunch: Date TBD in September

Fall Dinner: Date TBD in October

Getting Ready for Finals Workshop:  Date TBD in November


The application can be found by clicking here or by contacting our office for a copy. 


Completed Applications should be sent to:

CUA Disability Support Services

620 Michigan Ave, NE

201 Pryzbyla Center

Washington, DC  20064


If you have questions, please call the office at (202) 319-5211.


 We look forward to working with you in the fall!