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.
Printable copy of flyer ( available March 2014)
Application ( available March 2014)
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.)
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 20, 2013.)
When? The Wednesday before Orientation 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 eveing after Smart Start: Activity TBD. In the past it has been either a Nationals baseball game or a boat trip down the Potomac. A great way to meet other students.
Pizza Lunch: Date TBD
Fall Dinner: Date TBD
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!