Comprehensive Assistance Program

The Comprehensive Assistance Program (CAP) at Iona University is an optional, fee-based program that offers comprehensive support and services for students with diagnosed learning disabilities, AD/HD, traumatic brain injuries or are on the autism spectrum.

Our CAP program will provide you with skills-based comprehensive support that encourages success through instruction tailored to your strengths and needs. The program emphasizes broadly applicable strategies that cross academic disciplines.

Comprised of a team of professional learning specialists who are devoted to the support and guidance of each student, staff train students to incorporate appropriate skills-based strategies that cross disciplines. The goal is for students to gradually practice these skills until they are able to perform them independently. With success comes self-confidence and the ability to outline and achieve academic, personal and career goals. Additionally, the CAP counselor assists students with academic coaching, stress management, and career and internship planning.

Applying for CAP

You must apply to both the University and CAP in order to be considered for admission into the program. The CAP admission deadline correlates with the University’s admission deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

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CAP Support & Services

Information on CAP information sessions will be posted soon.

You will engage in two scheduled hours per week of skills-based tutoring with a professional learning specialist. Each tutoring session with the learning specialist  incorporates appropriate skills-based strategies that cross academic disciplines. The goal is for you to gradually practice these strategies until you are able to perform them independently.

Skills that are focused on often include:

  • self-advocacy
  • academic coaching
  • writing and editing
  • note-taking
  • test preparation and test taking
  • reading comprehension
  • time management
  • organization

All professional learning specialists hold advanced degrees and are devoted to the support and guidance of our students.

When you are enrolled in CAP, you receive access to priority registration, allowing you to register for courses earlier and receive assistance with course selection and registration.

CAP students still receives advisement from the Center for Advising and Academic Services or the adviser for their major. When advisement has been completed, the CAP director and assistant director will work with you one-on-one as secondary advisors to assist you in creating a personalized schedule that blends your interests and abilities with Iona’s Core Curriculum.

Consideration is also given to matching your learning strengths with a professor's teaching style. Ideally, this process results in a manageable schedule that balances demanding coursework in weak skill areas with courses that utilize your strengths.

Our CAP counselors offer academic, personal and career support to all CAP students. Our counselor is available to help you cope with a variety of challenges associated with transitioning to college including, but not limited, homesickness, communal living, and career planning.

All students who enroll in CAP are required to meet with the counselor at least three times during their first semester. Continuing CAP students are encouraged to meet with the counselor on a regular basis until they are able to manage these challenges on their own.

As a CAP student, you will be provided with reasonable accommodations under the law for qualified individuals with disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are determined based on the documentation you submit with your CAP application.

If you are in the process of receiving new documentation, please reference a detailed overview on accommodations.

The documentation should provide enough information to decide what appropriate academic adjustments are needed in order to create access for your course. Determining appropriate accommodations is an interactive process between you and your CAP counselor, and may vary depending on the construct of the course.


Comprehensive Assistance Program

Daneshea Palmer, Director

Amend Hall, Room 204
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fax: (914) 633-2011