CAA's Weekly Updates


College of/Adaptive Arts

Weekly Updates

April 5 – 9: Week 1/10 Spring Quarter 2021
This Sat, April 10: 5 pm Virtual Fundraising Gala: Still time to register! 

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Spring Quarter Resumes Today!  On behalf of the entire CAA Mountain Movers Family, we extend to all new and returning students and their parents & care providers the warmest welcome and embrace to this lifelong collegiate learning model for adults who historically have not had access. The next 2 weeks are the add/drop window; we will be conducting virtual tours daily for the next 2 weeks if you know of prospective students who would still like to enroll this 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.

Saturday, April 10, 5-6 pm: The CAA Impossible Dream Virtual Fundraising Gala over Zoom: Flyer attached for more information. This event is in lieu of the CAA Annual Golf Classic that has become a wildly popular annual event that has happened for the past 8 years but had to be canceled this past fall due to the pandemic. You’ll get to meet our CAA student valedictorian, salutatorian, and some special student guests! Register below & please help spread the word to bring more guests & interested persons to learn more about this innovative lifelong collegiate model for adults who historically have not had access to college education:

* Save the Dates: Wonderful Library Lecture Series Coming up from our Director of the School of Library Arts, Professor Suzanne:

Spring Library Lecture Series Lineup
Spring is in the air and that means a new quarter begins with 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 begun 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: National Down Syndrome Society 2021 Virtual Adult Summit: Here is a good opportunity for care providers/parents of adults with DS to get all kinds of good information, perspectives, and advice.  Will have top-notch speakers:

Pass Along Information: 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

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 8:30am 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:
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.