CAA's Weekly Updates



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College of Adaptive Arts 

Welcome Back CAA College Students! 
July 15 – 20, Week 2/9, Summer Quarter

CAA #10YearsStrong





Latest & Greatest

Summer Schedule has many new and exciting Course Offerings!!  Add/drop window is open through this July 19for any and all prospective adults in the community who are interested in continuing his or her education in a safe and adaptive collegiate environment.

A true and sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of San Jose Silicon Valley Foundation for their support of new classroom tables and chairs, professionalizing CAA’s collegiate learning space.

The newly formed Rotary Club of Evergreen has invited CAA Students and their families to be their guests at the Friday, July 19 San Jose Giants baseball game. Please email DeAnna if interested in attending as the guests of the Rotary Club of Evergreen Valley.

* Lots of new courses offerings to select from in the Summer Schedule of Classes. Summer Quarter runs today, July 8 – Friday, September 13. Mid-Quarter Break [No CAA Classes] is August 12 – 16. If you are with the Regional Center, we request that confirmation of communication with the Service Coordinator happens prior to the start of the quarter. Students will move to Wait List status until confirmation of communication is confirmed – please email Student Registrar Katie Zeisl:

CAA is striving to secure the GreatNonprofit 2019 Top-Rated Badge. To secure this badge, CAA seeks at least 12 individuals to Share their Story of how CAA has impacted their lives. Thank you in advance for helping to Move the Mountain for adults hungry to keep learning and becoming the best versions of themselves.

Please enjoy CAA’s latest Blog: Honoring Two Very Special Behind-the-Scenes Mountain Movers, Richard Hermerding & Bobbi Tafoya.

CAA received the Guidestar 2019 Seal of Transparency. Please share widely in your networks – CAA is committed to growing this innovative model one positive conversation at a time. Here is CAA’s 2018-2019 Annual Report for reference and circulation.

In 2019, CAA has now secured 62 new monthly recurring donors;38 to go by 10/10 at 10:10pmIf you’d like to sign up to be a recurring donor and help Move the Mountain for special needs adults hungry to continue learning and becoming successful contributing citizens, you can sign uphere. CAA will send you a super-fun prize in the mail to everyone who becomes a monthly recurring donor.  #CAA10YearsStrong #WeAreDifferentWeAreAble #WeAreSanJose #SuccessfulContributingCitizens #BestCollegeEver

Two messages from your Librarian, Professor Suzanne:

1) Hello and welcome to summer quarter. I have a new assistant, Locket. She is my guide dog and while she is cute and very friendly, please don’t make eye contact or pet her. I will happily answer any questions you may have. With appreciation, Suzanne, your librarian.

2) Shakespeare in the Park [Pass-Along Information] 
SF Shakespeare is coming back to the Cupertino with As You Like It: A New Musical. Curious? Then come to the Memorial Park Amphitheatre, Stevens Creek Blvd and Mary Ave on July 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Curtain goes up at 7 pm. For more info, go to

* 10 Year Graphic Challenge: We invite anyone to submit a sketch, artwork, or poem of what CAA means to you.  We will be adding all creations to the 10 year 3-D large display of the number 10 that the CAA prop class will be creating with each of your artistic submissions. Send your sketch over to Professor Anthony at

You Are Cordially Invited: On Saturday, July 20 at 2pm Professor De is going to present the latest draft of a Ted Talk presentation that she plans to submit for consideration. It’s the story of why CAA was created through the eyes of an adult with a differing ability. All are welcome to come and hear and give feedback and input. She’ll also be presenting new volunteer committee opportunities the Mountain Movers board has developed – please email DeAnna at if you plan to attend.

* Student Bio Sheet: Please submit your student’s profile this week: We will be creating a wall of student headshots/bios in our new space in Suite 270. Here is a soft copy of the Bio Sheet; also, the questions are below if you want to send your answers electronically to CAA parent volunteer: June Beck: to compile all Student Bios.Name:
CAA Diplomas:
Artistic Contributions:
What you would like the world to know about adults with disabilities:
Proudest CAA Moment:
Fun Fact:

* Golf Season 2019 is Here! – All Practices will be held at Santa Teresa Golf Club: Cost is $50 for golfers; do not have to be a registered CAA student to participate:

  • Saturday, July 27:  10 am-Noon, Driving Range/Putting Green Practice

  • Saturday, August 10: 10 am-Noon, 9-hole short course

  • Saturday, August 24:  10 am-Noon, Driving Range/Putting Green Practice

  • Saturday, September 7: 10 am-Noon, 9-hole short course

  • Saturday, September 21:  10 am-Noon, Driving Range/Putting Green Practice
  • Thursday, September 26:  7th Annual CAA Golf Classic, 2 – 7:30pm, Santa Teresa Golf Club

A Note From Professor Danie: As the weather get’s warmer, please make sure your student drinks water to prevent dehydration. Also, please make sure all student items such as water bottles and backpacks are labeled with their names.

Updated Donation Wish List: 
Dry Erase markers low odor
Clorox wipes
Baby Wipes
Paper towels
Lined Paper
Coffee Kcups
Dixie Cups
Insulated Coffee Cups
Water bottles for Staff
Granola bars for Staff

Weekly Tours happen each Friday from 1-2 when school is in session. Please plan to schedule a Weekly Tour of the College each Friday school is in session to learn more about this lifelong, equitable collegiate model for special needs adults.
Looking Ahead on the CAA Calendar (Complete list on the Community Calendar of the CAA Website Homepage:
  • [NEW DATE/TIME FORTHCOMING]: Student Networking Lounge Night: Karaoke, + Parent Education Topic & Advisory Council Meeting, 7:15 – 9 pm
  • Thursday, September 26: CAA Golf Classic, Santa Teresa Golf Club, 2 pm tee-off, 6 pm BBQ banquet dinner
  • Thursday, October 10:  CAA 10 Year Celebration Gala, Saratoga Springs, 5 – 10:10 pm
  • Friday, November 1: Student Networking Lounge Night: Open Mic Night, + Parent Education Topic & Advisory Council Meeting, 7:15 – 9 pm

#CollegeofAdaptiveArts Mission Moment: 

A professor was helping a mother with some paperwork near the CAA classroom. At the end of the class, another student walked up and announced to the professor that she had made a new friend! The friend happened to be the daughter of the parent being helped. It was a vibrant and joyful interaction. 


Showcasing Student Artistic Creations: 
CAA student practices her artistic creations on an art pad between classes in CAA’s thriving Digital Media Lab thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation.

This Week at CAA


    • Monday, July 15: Add/Drop Open Registration continues through Friday, July 19
    • Friday, July 19: CAA Weekly Tour at the College, 1-2pm, Register at the top of CAA’s website
    • Friday, July 19: Last day to register for Summer Quarter Classes
    • Saturday, July 20: CAA Walking Team Weekly Meetup, 8:30am – 9:30am – email for specific weekly location
    • Saturday, July 20: 2pm – 2:30pm, DeAnna Pursai to give her draft of a Ted Talk, all welcome to give and give input