CAA's Weekly Updates



College of Adaptive Arts 

Weekly Updates

April 12 – 16: Week 2/10 Spring Quarter 2021

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Thank you all for your tremendous support of CAA’s online Impossible Dream Gala this past Saturday. We are still raising funds – we would love to reach our goal of raising $75k. Here is the YouTube video of the GalaHere’s the link to Donate – we’d be forever obliged if you could share with anyone who might want to help us Move the Mountain for adults who historically haven’t had access to a lifelong college educational experience.

This Friday: San Jose State University Disability Awareness Event: Friday, April 16, 2-4 pm: Virtual Event & Free Registration to all: Featuring DeAnna Pursai giving her latest draft of her aspiring TED Talk: Innovatively Casting a Broader Net in Higher Education + CAA professors Danie & Anthony on the panel discussion + a virtual performance of the CAA Sign Language troupe. Flyer attached & link to register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

This is Week 2 of the Spring Quarter 2020. Tours will be conducted this week for any prospective students/family members who would still like to get registered for the Spring Quarter. Email to schedule a virtual tour.

Here is the updated Spring Course Roster & Course Descriptions Catalog for reference & circulation. Currently registered students have the next 4 weeks to select their new classes before it opens up to general registration. Enjoy browsing and taking a look at the new course offerings!

If you are part of the Regional Center, past & current POS’s need to be in place by the start of the quarter or your student will be temporarily placed in Wait List status until POS submission is confirmed. Please email and the screenshot of POS submission from your service coordinator. Additional information: Past tuition balances need to be paid to begin a new quarter. Annual IPPs need to be in place for POSs to be processed by the Regional Center.

* April 19 Is Library Lecture Day!

Takes on Shakes: Romeo and Juliet
April 19, 1.30–2.30 pm (via Zoom)
featuring Chris Steele and Edmund Campos,
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. It’s the perfect time for a Library Lecture!

Please join us for this special presentation of Romeo and Juliet when Chris Steele, director of the Romeo and Juliet episode of Takes on Shakes will present the famous balcony scene in three different ways: the original, as it was performed 200 years later, and as it might be performed today. Assisted by Edmund Campos, they will share their thought process and perspective on discovering new approaches and appreciation for Shakespeare and other literary works meant to be experienced and not just by reading a dusty book. See the flyer for more details!

This Lecture is a must-see for actors, directors, writers, anyone who enjoys performing or watching a performance, and fans of the Library Lecture Series! And without giving too much away, you might want to do some vocal warmups before the show!

Reserving your front-row seat by April 14 has never been easier! You can send an email to:
or fill out and submit the RSVP form in your inbox.
See you there!

From our Dear Friends from Inclusive World: Another Opportunity to become Successful Contributing Citizens:

The mission of Inclusive World is to identify and nurture the hidden potential in differently-abled youth, motivate and mold them to be productive citizens of the world. We follow Person-Centered Practices, focusing on people, their abilities, and interests, not disabilities. We offer vocational skills and employment services focusing on empowering our members to acquire employable skills. Our programs are pivoted on a peer buddy model nurturing friendship and trust to build inclusive communities. To learn more, visit

The flyer for the Impressions contest is attached.

* Save the Dates: Spring Library Lecture Series Lineup
Spring is in the air and that means a new quarter begins new classes and new Library Lectures! Save these dates and stay tuned for more details!
April 19Romeo and Juliet through time and place, featuring the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
May 24Abracadabra! a magic show where the audience might learn a trick or two.
June 7Let it grow, for those with (or without) green thumbs

CAA is proud to announce a new campaign#ShareYourCAAStory. We want to hear from YOU how CAA has impacted your life – whether you and your student began with us that first summer in 2009 or whether you are brand new to this lifelong, equitable collegiate model. CAA is in the process of setting up a TikTok account for sharing CAA stories & reaching a broader audience to learn about this innovative, lifelong educational model. Written stories are also welcomed – please email your story to Professor Sharon, or schedule a time with her where she could capture your story on video over Zoom.

CAA is now able to accept stock donations through Edward Jones. This incredible community support was made possible by the tremendous generosity of Paul Dines of Edward Jones. Email and the 1-page pre-completed form will be sent to you if you’d like to donate stock. Please consider writing Paul a thank you card for being a true Mountain Mover for adults who historically have not had access to higher education: Paul Dines, Edward Jones, 69 Washington St., Santa Clara, CA 95050.

Pass Along Information: Notre Dame High School Women of Impact Speakers Series: Leading without Limits: Thursday, April 22, 6-7 pm: DeAnna Pursai will be moderating a discussion with Anastasia Somoza (Tas) Human Rights Defender, Speaker & Consultant, Broadway Consulting Producer & Gail Williamson: Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates, Diversity DepartmentRegister Here – No Cost to attend – Virtual Zoom webinar

* Daily check-ins continue during Shelter in Place each day at 10 am & 4 pm for CAA enrolled students & prospective students:; Meeting ID: 825 9573 9562\

Online virtual tours will continue throughout the quarter for prospective students/families who are interested in possibly registering for the Spring Quarter which will begin the first week of April 2021. Please email to schedule a virtual tour of the College of Adaptive Arts – they are now happening most days at 11 am & 3:15 pm for community members as well as prospective new students and their families and care providers.

The CAA Walking Team, parent-volunteer run, and lead, is happening most Saturday mornings at 8:30 am in the community. Please email for further information

CAA welcomes input and feedback. CAA has a new online form for accepting feedback – it’s the yellow button on the website homepage just below the podcast features. Please feel free to submit all feedback, including testimonials and suggestions for new classes and workshops here.

* 2021 Quarter Dates for Reference:

Spring Quarter 2021: Monday, April 5 – Friday, June 18
Mid-Quarter Break: May 10 – 14 (NO CAA Classes)

Summer Quarter 2021: Monday, July 5 – Friday, Sept 17
Mid-Quarter Break: Aug 9 – 13 (NO CAA Classes)

Fall Quarter 2021: Monday, Oct 4 – Tuesday, Dec. 21
Mid-Quarter/Thanksgiving Break: Thurs., Nov. 18 – Friday, Nov. 26 (NO CAA Classes)

Visit the West Valley Campus & take a photo in front of your new school. To date, we’ve had two wonderful students visit West Valley College and take a photo in front of their new school. Here’s the map of CAA’s new home in the heart of the beautiful sprawling campus and we’ll add it to our growing list of CAA West Valley College Campus photos!

Here are the CAA Policy documents that have been updated during this time of COVID distance learning.

If you are doing online shopping these Shelter in Place days on Amazon, College of Adaptive Arts is on Amazon Smiles. If you are going to order anything through Amazon, the 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.