The Catholic University of America


Smart Start 2015

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!



The Catholic University of America’s

Office of Disability Support Services presents:
Smart Start 2015
Who can attend?    First year or transfer students who have a documented Learning Disability, AD/HD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. (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?     A one-day orientation program 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 and communicating with faculty

  Effectively transitioning from high school to college

  Understandingacademic accommodations

  Academic resources and support services

  Time management

 Assistive technology (Smart Pens, Apps, Kurzweil, 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.
When?                      Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. (optional welcome/introduction, but encouraged)
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (followed by a Washington Nationals Game in the evening)
Parents are encouraged to attend the Parent Information Session on Wednesday, August 26, from 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Why?                         Making the transition from high school to college involves many new challenges and success 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 to interact with a great group of new and current students before everyone else arrives!
How much?             Smart Start is a free event.
                                    Tickets will be provided to the Washington Nationals game but students are responsible for their own Metro ticket and dinner.          
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.
Smart Start Follow Up Events:
Group outing the evening after Smart Start: This year we will be attending a Washington Nationals baseball game. This is a great way to meet other students and enjoy an evening out in our (now your!) great city.
Pizza Lunch: Date TBD in September
Fall Dinner: Date TBD in October
Spring Dinner:  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!