CAA's Weekly Updates


College of Adaptive Arts

Weekly Updates

April 26 – 30: Week 4/10 Spring Quarter 2021

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* Happy Earth Day! Please enjoy this feature photo from one of our CAA Digital photography students who Zooms in from southern CA and visited the botanical gardens this past week. 

This is Week 4 of the Spring Quarter 2020. The Add/Drop window for the Spring Quarter is now closed. Tours are conducted weekly for any prospective students/family members who would for the summer quarterwhich will begin the first week of July. Email to schedule a virtual tour.

Thank you all for your tremendous support of CAA’s online Impossible Dream Gala this past Saturday. Here is the YouTube video of the Gala if you didn’t get to attend in person. We have so far raised $61,000 of our $75,000 Annual Giving Goal. If you know of others in your network who might want to support this mission, they can donate at this link. College of Adaptive Arts moves mountains for adults who historically haven’t had access to a lifelong college educational experience.

If you are part of a 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.

From our Community 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

* Inclusive World’s April Art Contest: Impressions contest flyer is attached – Theme: The World I Dream About – open to all – submit your artwork/expression creation by May 1st!!

* 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!

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

Pass Along Information: Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) is hosting a concert this Saturday: Voices for Autism. Like many others, this year the concert, which takes place on April 24, from 4 to 5.30 pm, will be virtual. The link below is to their registration site. Tickets are $10

* 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

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.

Winter Quarter 2021: Monday, Jan 4 – Friday, March 19
Mid-Quarter Break: Feb 8 – 12 (NO CAA Classes)

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.