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Thanksgiving/Mid-Quarter Break:
Nov. 18 – 28: NO CAA CLASSES

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This is Mid-Quarter/Thanksgiving Break – they are combined each Fall Quarter. Break begins Thursday, November 18 and goes through Friday, November 26. The entire College of Adaptive Arts Mountain Movers family of lifelong learners wishes you all a safe and festive holiday break!!

*CAA Giving Tuesday: CAA is joining with 17 other Bay Area arts organizations on Giving Tuesday: #AmplifytheArts – We are all stronger together. Here’s an excerpt from a recent press release:
Bay Area Arts Organizations Banking Big on GivingTuesday Donations College of Adaptive Arts Joins 18 South Bay Arts Groups in $100,000 Fundraising Goal (Saratoga, Calif., November 15, 2021) — The College of Adaptive Arts has banded together with 18 other arts groups with the goal to raise $100,000 dollars on GivingTuesday, November 30, 2021.  The total amount raised by the group will be split equally amongst all the organizations participating, and all money will go directly to the artists. Details forthcoming – full press release here.

*Save the Date: Updated: *We’re going hybrid on West Valley College’s campus* for the CAA’s Annual Graduation & Holiday Concert Choir: Saturday, December 18, 2-4pm. Details & registration information forthcoming. CAA is very proud to announce CAA’s 2021 Valedictorian: Jenni Pencer Salutatorian: Colin Werner. The Honorable Rod Diridon, Sr. – 5-time Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors & Executive Director Emeritus of the Mineta Transportation Institute will be the keynote speaker.

Student Check-ins for this Week over the Thanksgiving Holiday break will be the regular time of Tuesday at 4pm & Wednesday at 11am this week due to Thursday being Thanksgiving

College of Adaptive Arts and West Valley College Graciously Welcome you to a West Valley Campus Walking tour throughout the day on Thursday, December 2nd – please at this link. Proof of vaccination required.

* AdminPlus: New Student Registration Portal: All families will soon receive an email with a link to a new student form, required to set up students in this new registration system. This form needs to be completed to activate the new student registration account. Once completed and submitted, the student will be set up to request the Winter Quarter classes which will be published following Thanksgiving break. Watch for an email from CAA’s Student Registrar Sarah Thrasher with the link and instructions.

CAA’s Marketing Team has launched a new campaign called #WhyCAA – They’d like to hear from your student one 1 sentence why CAA is important to him or her and/your family. Please email a special photo & sentence to Professor Sharon Lea,

A mother of one of the CAA hybrid in-person learners made a Directions Map for Access/VTA public transport supportShe gave permission to share with other students/families who will be planning on using public transportation.

Weekly Tours are returning to the regular time of Fridays from 1 – 1:45pm. Still currently over Zoom – heading back in the near future to in-person tours for new prospective students. Here’s the tour link to register for Weekly Tours: CAA Weekly Tours – Campaign (

* College of Adaptive Arts is in October’s Exceptional Parent trade magazine. Please enjoy and share widely:

* Updated Student check-in Link: This is a different link going forward than the CAA Classroom links:  Online student check-ins are for existing and prospective students and will happen on Tuesdays at 4pm and Thursdays at 10am indefinitely.

CAA secured the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. Thank you to the community for believing and investing in this innovative, collegiate model for adults who historically have not had access. CAA is committed to continuing to grow this educational model until it is as widespread and accessible for education as Special Olympics is for lifelong athletic opportunities.

Here are CAA’s Bedrock Beliefs for reference and circulation. This is a living document, and we welcome your input and ideas as we continue to work together to grow this equitable, lifelong collegiate model for adults who historically have not had access.

*Here are the 2022 Quarter Dates for your calendar & reference.

*The missed class beginning 3rd absence $30 private pay attendance policy will be reinstated Winter Quarter 2022. CAA gets reimbursed from the Regional Centers only if students are in attendance. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we continue to fully operational and replicate this innovative collegiate educational model for adults who historically have not had access to college education.

*CAA is so very proud to announce it has secured its 2021 Great Nonprofits badge. Thank you to everyone who has submitted your story. We have 62 stories on the portal – we’d like to get to 100 by December 31st. We’d love for you to consider sharing your testimonial here:

*Community Spotlight: Palo Alto Art Center is featuring:
The Art of Disability Culture
On View: September 11-December 11, 2021
Location: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA  94303
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission is free
Accessibility InformationThe Art Center facility is ADA compliant and accessible free parking is available outside the building. The Art of Disability Culture exhibition will feature numerous accessibility components to ensure that the broadest possible audience can experience the exhibition and related programs. Audio descriptions will be available for all works of art on view and will also be accessible on the website. Braille labels and audio descriptions will also be available for deaf/blind visitors. Public programs will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and live captioning. Social narratives will also be provided and available online for visitors with autism. Information about our accessibility resources can be found here:

*CAA on TV! Click this link to view and share the new KTVU Fox News story about the College of Adaptive Arts featuring an incredible interview with Dr. Pam:
*KTVU Fox News Giving Day – July 6

*Please enjoy the College of Adaptive Arts PSA created by CAA film/acting students sponsored by CreaTV/Heritage Bank: If you’d like to send a thank you note to Celeste Drake, she has been a kind and phenomenal behind-the-scenes supporter of College of Adaptive Arts over the years: Celeste Drake, Senior Vice President, Heritage Bank of Commerce, 333 West El Camino Real, Suite 150, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

* CAA Art Card Packs for Sale: $14 for a pack of 8 cards. Created by the exquisite CAA Student artists. Email Sue and Michele Breckenridge, or call Momma Sue at 530-306-9959.

Save the Dates:

Calling All Pericles Fans

Episode 4 has been filmed and is currently being edited, which means another Watch Party is being planned! Stay tuned to the Weekly Updates for a date and time.

* 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.

* 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:

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 2 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.

* 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.