The Catholic University of America


The Catholic University of America’s

Office of Disability Support Services presents:
Smart Start 2016

Join Disability Support Services for a fun and informative day of workshops, social events and interesting discussions. 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 can attend? Smart Start is open to any incoming first year or transfer students who has a documented disability. (Prior to being accepted to the program, documentation of a disability should be on file and approved.) There will also be a special session for parents.

 What to expect? Smart Start is two-day orientation program designed to aid students in making a smooth transition to CUA. We discuss important academic and personal skills that will help you succeed in college.  Our workshop will explore topics such as:

  • Self-advocacy and communicating with faculty

  • Effectively transitioning from high school to college

  • Understanding academic accommodations

  • Academic resources and support services

  • Navigating housing, dining and foreign language accommodations

  • Housing and dining accommodations

  • Foreign Language Substitutions

  • Assistive technology (SmartPens, E-Text, Apps, Kurzweil, etc.)

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


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • 9:00am-4:00pm- Early move into the residence halls., Student appointments with DSS to discuss and receive, Fall 2016 Letter of Accommodation.
  • 4:00pm -5:30pm- Meet DSS staff. Begin orientation. Refreshments.
  • 5:30pm-8:00pm-  Student appointments with DSS to discuss and receive Fall 2016 Letter of Accommodation.

Wed. August 24, 2016

  • 8:00am-5:00pm- Orientation continues. Workshops
  • 5:30pm-8:00pm-  Student appointments with DSS to discuss and receive Fall 2016 Letter of Accommodation.

Why attend? Making the transition from high school to college involves many new challenges and success can often depends on a student’s ability to advocate for themselves. At Smart Start you will learn how to advocate for your own unique needs, gain knowledge about campus resources and become familiar with policies and procedures related to accessing accommodations. Plus, it will be a fun day! 

Application Information: Space is limited. Applications and documentation will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Acceptance into the program will be completed on a rolling basis once file is complete. The application is available for download at:

Completed Applications should be eMailed to:

Or mailed to:

CUA Disability Support Services

620 Michigan Ave, NE

Washington, DC  20064

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