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College of Adaptive Arts 

Fall Quarter 2020
Oct. 26 – 30: Week 4/10

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Great NonProfits Reviews for College of Adaptive Arts now at 49 – would you submit your Story next? We’ve got a goal to reach 50 Reviews by October 31st? Share Your Story Here.  CAA would like to extend the *most heartfelt thank you* to everyone out there who has taken their time to write a review of the college!!! The following is the latest review to come in over the weekend:

College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) has enriched the life of my daughter who has Down Syndrome. First, I have such praise for the two originators of CAA who continue to dedicate themselves to provide a wonderful college experience for our loved ones with disabilities. The classes, taught by an incredible staff, have inspired my daughter, given her opportunities to grow, gain confidence, and expand her horizons during her day to day life.

Opportunity is always a desire for my daughter. Through CAA’s supportive staff and the numerous classes offered, my daughter has found extraordinary opportunities. The CAA dance and public speaking classes have provided opportunities for her to practice what she has learned within the community. She has danced at various community events including sjDANCEco Festival at Santana Row and San Jose’s Christmas in the Park. She has had the opportunity to speak to Service Clubs, local Chambers of Commerce groups, the National Down Syndrome Day celebration at Santana Row, fundraising events, to name a few. These community opportunities through CAA have allowed her to use the skills and techniques learned in class, elevated confidence, self-esteem, and poise. I also believe through her and her classmates’ community events the public has gained a new respect for an individual’s abilities.

CAA has been an exceptional education experience for my daughter, providing a variety of learning experiences and opportunities all while forging friendships.

New CAA Student Artwork greeting card packs are here and ready for sale in time for the Holiday Season! Cards will be sold in packs of 10 for $14. These are all artwork that has been created by CAA student artists during Shelter in Place time. These are a fundraiser to help CAA continue to grow and expand options for adults who historically have not had access to a college education. These card packs make wonderful holiday gifts!! Please send your card pack requests to Anthony at

The Autism Society of San Francisco Bay Area is hosting its Adult Autism Conference online this year on Saturday, November 7th – typically at Stanford University. Free to everyone. Donations sincerely appreciated!! Register Here:

Save the Date! Community Performance: Children’s Music & Sign Language Classes will be performing through Zoom at the Autism Conference on Saturday, November 7th from 12:45 – 12:58 pm. More details forthcoming.

Phyiscal Addresses requested for December Newsletter! If you know of anyone in your network who might want to receive a physical copy of CAA’s December newsletter, please email with name and mailing address – it’s gearing up to be our best newsletter to date, and we’re trying to spread the word to more interested in learning about this lifelong college model for adults who historically have not had access. 🙂

This Friday, October 30: Your student is welcome to wear their Halloween costume to their Zoom classes to celebrate Halloween virtually this year! 🙂

New CAA Swag with New Logo in time for the Holidays: CAA is finalizing a new logo to highlight our collegiate partnerships, beginning with this historic first partnership with West Valley College. We are planning to order a new college swag in time for the holidays. If you have particular ideas for fun merchandise, please email with your ideas! 🙂

*  The second voting video is now posted on the San Jose Public Library YouTube website featuring CAA student Thomas V: Here is the link:

Visit the West Valley Campus & take a photo in front of your new school. To date, we’ve had 2 wonderful students visit West Valley College and take a photo in front of their new school. Email & she’ll send you a map of our school’s building in the heart of the beautiful sprawling campus and we’ll add it to our growing list of CAA West Valley College Campus photos!

College of Adaptive Arts has now transitioned to an Online Student ApplicationWe ask that you go on and complete this online application with all updated information and a one-time photo consent release option for all future events and class projects. CAA Policy documents have also been updated during this time of COVID distance learning. 

* Link for Daily Check-Ins at 10 am & 4 pm, each Monday – Friday as long as Shelter in Place is Happening:  Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 825 9573 9562
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,82595739562# US (San Jose)

Once your student has enrolled for his/her new and updated course choices, please be sure to email the updated Spring Quarter 2020 CAA Course Schedule to your Service Coordinator for updated POS processing. Please cc CAA POS Support MemberTeresa Montes de Oca,

Please enjoy and circulate this Voting Basics Webinar is about voting basics and was created in cooperation with the San Jose Public Library and the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. It features three presenters who have disabilities, one of whom is CAA student Thomas Valdivia:

SAVE THE DATES: College of Adaptive Arts Celebrating Abilities Virtual Film Festival
Featuring short local, national and international films by, about and for people with disabilities
Saturday, November 14, 2020 – Friday, November 20, 2020

Saturday, November 14th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special VIP Kick-Off Event for CAA Families and Students
Featuring CAA student-made films

Saturday, November 14th through Friday, November 20th
View Films Online
Registered film festival guests will have access to clickable Vimeo links to virtually screen all film festival films at their convenience

Friday, November 20th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Filmmaker Q&A
An interactive virtual event featuring film festival filmmakers and opportunities for guests to discuss and ask questions about their favorite film festival films

For further information please contact Katie Zeisl, CAA Director of Special Events, at

CAA has been selected to be a San Jose Mercury News Wishbook 2020 Feature Charity. If you’d like to reach out to CAA Mountain Mover board member Lorie Reichel-Howe to thank her for her monumental efforts in the Grants Task Force, or if you would be interested in joining this Task Force to help CAA find more grant opportunities in the community, you can send her an email to thank you to

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, 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.

Professor De has a personal bucket list goal to give a TED Talk about growing up with her sister and how it inspired her to co-found College of Adaptive Arts. She’s giving the talk each Saturday at 1:30 pm through Zoom. Please email if you would like to hear the live TED Talk – she will send you the Zoom link.

CAA Honors Monthly Recurring Donors: Please visit CAA’s homepage to see the testimonials/photos of why the community is stepping up to continue to grow this lifelong collegiate model – Monthly Recurring Donors are dearly appreciated and help us grow during trying times: Please consider spreading to your networks to see if we can continue growing our base of monthly recurring donors & thank you so much for your support. <3