I love our College of Adaptive Arts community with all of my heart and soul. I love our Mountain Mover board members who pour their heart, soul, time, treasure and talents into growing this collegiate model strategically and mindfully. I love our CAA students who show us each day what it means to live in the moment and celebrate each small victory. I love the co-founder, Dean of Instruction, and my authentic soul sister who challenges me daily to think differently and redefine possibility. I love our CAA parents who bring the students, ask hard questions, support this model in a myriad of small and grand ways, and never, ever give up on the abilities and potential of their adult children.
I love how each day the students return and bring their friends to learn from the most dedicated staff of teachers and leaders, many of whom have life paths for many reasons where they have also felt marginalized. Here at CAA they are our Leaders, and Professors, and Site Managers, and front-line Believers in the CAA college students and their boundless potential.
Each day you can hear booming laughter emanating from the classrooms. Each day you hear positive affirmations of support and encouragement and celebration of yet another skill achieved when it wasn’t the day before. Each day you sense the bar expectation raise ever so slightly in every class and every conversation. Each day you sense this mountain which as obstructed adults with special needs access to lifelong education is shifting just a little bit more.
I love how I have an expansive network of awesome folks who come together for the sake of their loved ones. We are a community of individuals from all ethnicities, backgrounds, political positions, religious differences, and economic levels. I truly believe one of the hardest jobs in the entire world is to be a careprovider for a loved one. It is tireless, anguishing, exhausting work. This dedication to a loved one transcends all other societal-imposed definitions, and it’s so beautiful to watch the bonds emerge and strengthen when we all realize we are here to support each other, to support our loved ones, and to never give up on their abilities and potential.
We do not always see eye to eye; we do not always agree, but we figure out a way to work together and forge new and creative opportunities for the students to be able to showcase their authentic abilities. It feels so awesome and so right and so ripe for possibility. I encourage you to come in and experience this sense of joy each and every Friday during our weekly tour when school is in session. The students win over another heart/mind/soul each and every time they connect with the community at large. College of Adaptive Arts is truly an Ensemble of Love.
DeAnna Pursai, Co-Founder & Executive Director
College of Adaptive Arts