CAA's Weekly Updates


College of Adaptive Arts 
Weekly Updates:
September 4 – 8,  Week 8/9, Summer Quarter

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TODAY!! Please RSVP to DeAnna,, for both the Saturday, Sept. 15 Northrop Grumman Family Day as well as the Friday, Sept 28 Cisco-CAA Team-Building Day, 12 – 5pm. We’d love to have a great student turnout for both. Thank you so much for your support.

CAA Golf Classic: Thursday, September 20.  CAA has secured a Pebble Beach Golf Experience including hotel, golf, dinner certificate, and a private lesson with the Golf Academy Director, to be awared to the Highest Fundraising Team.  All proceeds go to programs supporting college education for adults with special needs who historically have not had the opportunity.

Current Team Standings: 

  • Team Kathleen: $3,685
  • Team Ariel: $2,528
  • Team Nathalie: $1,710

You can join or create your own fundraising team – not required that you be in attendance that day to play to begin your own fundraising team. Create a teamHere

Community Performance #TransformingPerception, Saturday, September 8 – Graduate Ballet Troupe to perform at Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, Play You Way, 5-7pm.

The specific date of the Northrop Grumman Family Day is Saturday, September 15 from 10:30 – noon for Latizmo, Pound Fit, & Cheer Squad.  The day includes an expansive buffet lunch included for students, parents and careproviders.  Please RSVP to DeAnna by September the 4th.

Cisco College of Adaptive Arts Collaboration Volunteer Day onFriday, September 28, noon – 4:30pm.  Cisco is inviting the media out for the Volunteer Collaboration Day with CAA students.  After a big lunch, CAA will be simulating small classes of Watercolor Art, Digital Animation, Concert Choir, Pound Fit and Latizmo Hip Hop.  Please email DeAnna if your student will be able to be there that day – we are hoping for a strong student and parent turnout to #TransformPerception with the Cisco employees.

On Thursday, September 11 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will be voting for 5% of the Measure A Housing Funds to be used to create housing for invididuals with developmental disabilities. Here is the contact information of the County Board of Supervisors. The more stories they hear from our community about the need for affordable housing, the more impactful our voices and stories will be:

Mike Wasserman (408) 299-5010
Cindy Chavez (408) 299-5020
Dave Cortese (408) 299-5030
Ken Yeager (408) 299-5040
Joe Simitian (408) 299-5050

Monday’s Mindfulness & Whole Body Wellness Class Families: Look for an email from DeAnna & Professor Nicole: the last class on Monday, September 10 will be held at a Community Labyrinth in front of the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 1205 Pine Ave., San Jose 95125.

Please Enjoy this new video Help Us Move a Mountain Today and share widely with your networks – this equitable educational model for special needs adults is definitely gaining speed, traction, and momentum!

CAA is on Amazon Smiles. If you are going to order anything through Amazon, College of Adaptive Arts would be deeply obliged if you could consider remembering this equitable collegiate model. Here is the smile link: – College of Adaptive Arts is listed as a 501c3 charity.

Northrop Grumman Family Day, Saturday, September 15, 10:30am – 12noon. Performers: Latizmo, Pound Fit & Cheer Squad:  Here is detailed information from the NG Leadership Team:
We’re excited that your organization is planning to attend our Family Day.  Attached are the directions to our facility along with parking areas shown.

Please provide me with the names of your representative(s) by Tuesday, September 4th.   If you are the person attending, please email me to confirm.

Our site map and a google map are attached for your convenience.
Below are the details for the day:

  1. Representatives must be US citizens.
  2. Cell phones will not be permitted on-site.
  3. Hours for Family Day are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Our address is 401 East Hendy Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.
  4. Plan to be on-site NO LATER THAN 8:15 a.m. to set up your table and to park.
  5. Parking:
    1. If you will be staying from 9 to 3 pm you’ll be able to park inside our campus.
    2. Enter through the Security Gate on Hendy Avenue and Security will direct you to our location to set up.
    3. After setting up your table, you’ll need to park your vehicle away from the area (I’ll show you where).  For safety reasons, all vehicles must be parked in a designated parking area NO LATER THAN 8:30; there will be NO vehicle movement permitted inside the facility during the event.  If you decide to park on-site, you will not be able to leave until 3:30 p.m.
    4. If you are splitting a shift and planning to arrive after 8:15 amand leave prior to 3:30 p.m., you’ll need to park in our California Lot.  However, to bring in your items, come through the Security Gate on Hendy Avenue and our Security will direct you to our location to set up and you’ll be able to temporarily park inside.  After setting up your table, you’ll need to park your vehicle in the California Lot and re-enter our facility through the Cal Lot gate.
  6. All organizations will be under the same awning.
  7. Lunch will also be provided and you’ll be able to enjoy a self-guided tour of our facility along with all other entertainment.

Fall Registration is now Open for Currently Registered Students. CAA is offering over 46 separate course offerings this Fall + a Weekly Walking Team + a Golf Team + upcoming Bowling & Gaming Teams.  Here is the Fall Course Schedule & Comprehensive Course Descriptions Catalog.  Registration for new students/families opens on Saturday, September 15.  Fall Quarter beginsMonday, October 1, 2018.

San Jose Opera Tickets to the Dress Rehearsal of The Abduction of the Seraglio: 10 Tickets – First Come Basis:  Opera Dress Rehearsal program and have signed up for 10 tickets for CAA students and families for the season is Sept. 13, 7:30 pm @ the California Theater downtown. meet up no later than 6:45 that bight, in front of the theater on 1st Street they ask that one person pick up tickets and pass them out to their group, no individual will call show is The Abduction of the Seraglio a synopsis of show can be found here:  Please contact Moira Brown @ for tickets – First come basis. Thanks!!

Save the Date: The Cisco employees have invited the CAA Students out for a team-building activity at Cisco’s main campus on Friday, September 28 from noon – 5pm, lunch included.  Details forthcoming – please save the date and plan to help Cisco employees #TransformPerception of possibilities. <3

Let’s Play Golf!  CAA’s 7th Annual Golf Classic Open for Registration! Register to Play or Become a Corporate Sponsor Here. Then, you can join a Student Fundraising Team to raise much-needed funds for each of CAA’s 9 Schools of Instruction.  Golfers, Corporate Sponsors, & Silent Auction Donors. Call DeAnna at 408-538-3809 for more information.  CAA’s Annual Golf Classic represents its biggest fundraiser to raise much-needed resources for each of CAA’s 9 Schools of Instruction (plus a new team supporting future CAA students).  Please consider joining of the following Student Fundraising Teams (not for golf team purposes), making a donation, and share widely with your friends and family:
  1. Team Kathleen, Student Ambassador, School of Dance
  2. Team Trevor, Student Ambassador, School of Health & Wellness
  3. Team Stephanie, Student Ambassador, School of Science and Technology
  4. Team Ryan L., Student Ambassador, School of Music
  5. Team Robert, Student Ambassador, School of Theatre
  6. Team Oliver, Student Ambassador, School of TV/Film
  7. Team Ryan B., Student Ambassador, School of Library Arts
  8. Team Nathalie, Student Ambassador, School of Communications
  9. Team Alex, Student Ambassador, School of Art
  10. Team Morgan, Teen Ambassador, Future CAA Students
College of Adaptive Arts would like to extend a sincere thanks to CAA Parent Donna Martinez for making a substantial donation to CAA for site supplies – you are truly and dearly appreciated!! <3
Saturday, September 8:  CAA Guys & Dolls Cast Party, 3-4pm, CAA Site. Here’s the flyer for reference and circulation. This is only for students and families who participated in the Guys & Dolls Summer Musical Theatre Production.
* Save The Date:  CAA Graduate Theatre Troupe Performance & ReceptionTuesday, September 18th from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, City Lights Theater Company: 529 S. 2nd Street San Jose, CA 95113. Come see the CAA Graduate Theatre Troupe perform a short-adapted version of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” that they have worked so hard on for the past two quarters:  The house will open for the audience at 2:30 pm and the show will begin right at 3:00 pm. There will be a reception in the City Lights lobby following the show.
Here are the Steps for Becoming a New Student CAA Cardinal.  Email Katie Zeisl, Student Registrar,, to schedule a tour and get registered this week if you are hoping to begin this Summer Quarter.
All SARC POSs must be submitted prior to the start of each quarter to receive approval.  Please reach out and confirm submission with your Service Coordinator over Intra-Quarter Break.
The CAA Tech Team is beginning Weekly Trainings on Thursdaysfrom 1-2pm [NEW TIME] for students, parents, care providers and the general public to learn how to use all of the adaptive equipment in CAA’s Digital Media Lab thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation:Register Here for a Weekly Thursday Training
* Here are the CAA Instructional Quarter Dates for the rest of 2018 & for 2019 for your reference.
Looking Ahead on the CAA Calendar:
  • Monday, Aug 27:  CAA Graduate Dancers perform at Hester School, 12:45 – 1:45pm
  • Monday, September 3: Labor Day – No CAA Classes
  • Saturday, September 8:  CAA Guys & Dolls Cast Party, 3-4pm, CAA Site
  • Saturday, September 15: CAA Latizmo, Pound Fit, & Cheer to perform at the Northrup Grumman Family Day, 10:30 – Noon, lunch included – must email DeAnna this week; all students/care providers must be U.S. Citizens
  • Tuesday, September 18: Graduate Theatre Troupe Show, City Lights Theatre Company
  • Thursday, September 20:  CAA 7th Annual Golf Classic, Santa Teresa Golf Club, 2 – 7:30pm
  • Friday, September 28: Team-Building Day at Cisco, 12 – 5pm, details forthcoming
  • Friday, Oct 26, Networking Lounge Night, 7:15 – 9pm – YouTube video favorites chosen by students + Brainstorming Caregiver Tips & Tricks for parent ed + Parent Advisory Council Meeting
  • Sunday, November 4:  10th Annual Celebrating Abilities Short Film Fest2-5pm, 3Below Theatre in downtown San Jose
  • Friday, November 16:  CAA Family Thanksgiving Feast, 7:15 – 9pm, CAA site.
  • Saturday, December 15:  CAA Graduation & Holiday Concert Choir2-4pm, Historic Hoover Theatre
Golf Practice Dates for the Season:
  • Saturday, September 15:  10am – Noon, Driving Range/Putting Green Practice
  • Thursday, September 20:  7th Annual CAA Golf Classic, 2 – 7:30pm, STGC
  • Saturday, October 6:  End-of-Season Golf Team Party, Amato Pizza, 11:30am – 1pm


CAA would like to sincerely honor and salute Nick Nicolas of Peninsula Visa for being a long-time Community Corporate Sponsor of CAA’s Golf Classic Tournaments over the years to support and investment in this equitable, lifelong collegiate model of education for adults who historically have not had access to higher education.

#CollegeofAdaptiveArts Mission Moment: 

This is a message sent from a community friend who works in Supportive Housing in San Jose: Your students stand out from a crowd because they noticeably are more self-confident.  We get to know our residents really well, and it is impressive how empowered the CAA students are by the affirming experiences at College of Adaptive Arts.
Showcasing Student Artistic Creations: 
Please enjoy this Clay Animation Video Our Outer Space by the awesome students from Clay Animation Class led by CAA School of Art Director, Nicole Ferguson.

This Week at CAA

  • Thursday, September 6:  Weekly Tour from 1-2pm of New Digital Media Lab thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation: Open to the Community, CAA Students, Parents, and CareProviders 🙂
  • Saturday, Sept 8:  CAA Walking Team, 8:30 – 9:30email for details on the location 🙂
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: CAA Guys & Dolls Cast Party3-4pm, For all student actors, parents, and volunteers of the Summer Guys & Dolls Musical Theatre Production
  • Saturday, Sept. 8: CAA Graduate Ballet Dancers perform at Play Your Way at the Children’s Discovery Museum, 5-7pm.