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Thank you Adobe Foundation for 'Moving the Mountain' for Distance Learning at CAA

b2ap3_thumbnail_adobelogo.jpgCollege of Adaptive Arts recently received a generous donation from the Adobe Foundation to build out our distance learning infrastructure at College of Adaptive Arts. This means that adults with differing abilities who have medical fragilities, do not live in the immediate area of the College, or do not have regular access to means of transportation will now be able to enroll in and participate real-time in a College of Adaptive Arts class.

Additionally, with the investment in Beam robots who we learned about through Bay Area Visionary Henry Evans, we will now be able to invite guest lecturers and speakers to give lectures at the College of Adaptive Arts virtually through the robust and very engaging Beam robot. We will be able to invite visionary leaders, artists, actors, performers, musicians from around the world to give guest lectures from the convenience of their homes. This investment from the Adobe Foundation is going to open up so many doors and opportunities for accessing, cultivating, and developing abilities in a population of citizens that has been historically overlooked of their authentic and rich abilities.

We are making traction in prodding this juggernaut idea of providing a lifelong, equitable collegiate experience into full momentum. The Adobe Foundation has reinforced a vibrant and essential message that distance learning will play a fundamental role in adult education for students with differing abilities.

Next step in Moving this Mountain: Getting the College of Adaptive Arts onto a college campus to be able to operate as an independent charter school and learn to share resources and space in a college environment. This last essential piece will ensure that this model can be replicated, because all large metropolitans have college campuses that could potentially host a charter entity of providing accessible, adult education. CAA students would benefit from enjoying a collegiate experience alongside typical peers going to college. CAA would like to demonstrate that we can share resources of a college campus such as dance studios, theatres, radio stations, and be respectful, mindful, and innovative partners on a college campus.

This would also be a rich learning hub for students at these institutions in researching areas of autism, brain development, human motivation, lifelong learning, and best practices in adult education. If you have ideas on helping us land on an institution of higher education, we’d love to hear from you! DeAnna Pursai, Executive Director, deanna@collegeofadaptivearts.org

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