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College of Adaptive Arts 

Oct.  11 – 15, 2021: Week 2/10 Fall Quarter 2021

Moving the Mountain for Eager Lifelong Learners

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*Welcome to College of Adaptive Arts Fall Quarter 2021. On behalf of the entire College of Adaptive Arts Mountain Movers family, CAA extends a most *heartfelt welcome* to new and returning adult students, family members, and care providers to be a part of this innovative model of college education we plan to one day take worldwide to be on every campus of higher learning to
be as accessible and robust in education that Special Olympics is for athletics.

*Thank you so much to the Mission City Community Fund for inviting some CAA students to ride on their float this past weekend for the Santa Clara Parade of Champions. It was such a glorious day! Thank you so much Mission City and Santa Clara leaders for believing in this lifelong college model for adults who historically have not had access

*Thank you so much to all of the amazing parents/careproviders who have worked with their Service Coordinator to get their POS in place. It feels so great to work as a community team behind the scenes to set these eager, adult lifelong learners up for success. A true and sincere thanks to you all!

*This is the last week of add/drop for students. Class rosters will be set at the end of the week. A true and sincere thank you to new CAA Student Registrar Sarah Thrasher for her exquisite coordination and facilitation onboarding new students and welcoming everyone so graciously to our CAA Family of Lifelong Learners

*We just got word that a student of CAA’s home burnt down in late August –  luckily no one was injured. The immediate need is 2 laptops or iPads for the CAA student and her sister to continue learning online.  The family is seeking affordable housing with 3 bedrooms  Any resources that you can share will be greatly appreciated. Please contact DeAnna – for more information and ideas for how CAA can best support this student and her family.

*The Los Altos Rotary Club has invited DeAnna Pursai to be the virtual program speaker on Thursday, October 14 to share her story as to why her and Dr. Pam co-founded College of Adaptive Arts – providing an equitable higher education experience to adults with differing abilities who historically have not had access. If you’d be interested in hearing the program, the Los Altos Rotary leaders said anyone can Zoom in for the entire meeting beginning at 12:15 or for the program part beginning at 12:40 pm:<>

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

*Here is the Fall Course Catalog for reference as your student is selecting fall course offerings:

CAA Student Registrar Sarah Thrasher is working diligently with Dr. Pam to get our new registration portal, AdminPlus with Rediker, up and running this fall quarter. Please be patient as we’re working on all cylinders. Your student will get enrolled if they have taken the tour this week – he/she may not be able to begin on Day 1, but he/she will certainly get in this Quarter to be a lifelong learner CAA Cardinal college student! 🙂

*Hybrid/in-person classes will be updated each week as more classes become an option in-person. We’ll be beginning Week 1 of Fall Quarter on October 4th with the 2 prototype classes from the previous quarter: Music Appreciation on Tuesdays & Adaptive Guitar on Thursdays.

*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:

*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.

*Watch for a follow-up email and or text this week from Professor De inquiring about submitting a headshot for your student for our new registration portal + new graphic design pop-up and confirming the primary contact designated for your student.

*Updated Student check-in Schedule: Online student check-ins for existing and prospective students will now happen on Tuesdays at 4 pm and Thursdays at 10 am indefinitely:

*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:

*Professor De made it into the Purdue Alumnus magazine: Co-Founder/Executive Director DeAnna Pursai got her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. She was featured among many other Purdue women alumnae in the April Alumnus edition featured entitled Women at Work:

*College of Adaptive Arts is so proud to announce that the college was named Mission City Community Fund’s “2021 Nonprofit of the Year.” Mission City Community Fund of Santa Clara has been a stellar supporter of CAA over the years, helping this small and mighty college with equipment that has helped us reach a broader audience of adults eager to continue learning – from supporting our library to our digital media center, to support our marketing and business classes and this past year to investing in 2 new digital signage displays for the site as well as 3 digital Frameo frames to display continual new artistic & academic projects and creations. If you, your family, and your loved ones would like to send a thank you card to the Mission City Community Fund leadership team, it would be dearly appreciated. Please address it to Ms. Robin Burdick, Mission City Board of Directors, Mission City Community Fund, P.O. Box 587, Santa Clara, CA 95052-0587

*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.

Notes from the Librarian

Library Lecture Series presents…

The Things They Don’t Teach You in Film School

October 18, 1.30–2.30 pm (via Zoom)

RSVP by October 15

Doug Roland, an Oscar®-nominated, social impact filmmaker who tells stories about individuals or communities that are underrepresented and overlooked, will be on hand to discuss filmmaking and all the things they don’t teach in film school. Check out the flyer for more details and click RSVP by Oct 15 to reserve your front-row seat. When you submit your RSVP, you’ll receive links to three of Doug’s films to watch or re-watch and you’ll have a chance to ask questions about them.

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.

Fancy a walk on the wild side?

Save November 1 for a virtual safari! More details will be coming soon!

*Save the Date:

First slated community performance of the quarter:
Saturday, November 13 over Zoom: Community Performance for students in the Children’s Music Sing-Along Touring Troupe to perform 3 sing-along songs at the Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area 2021 Bay Area Adult Autism / DD
Virtual Conference – details forthcoming.

* 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:

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.


CAA would like to sincerely honor and salute repeat donor and golf George Gugales for believing in this equitable, lifelong collegiate model of education for adults who historically have not had access to higher education.

Showcasing Student Artistic Creations: 

CAA student artists have their artwork on card packs for sale at the CAA site. Each pack has 8 different images created by 8 different student artists. Please visit CAA’s ever-growing Student Showcase Gallery.


This Week at CAA

  • Monday, December 16: Last Day of the Fall Quarter
  • Saturday, December 21:  CAA Walking Team in the community, 8:30 – 9:30am, email for this week’s location
  • Sunday, December 22nd, 6-7 pm Christmas in the Park Performances by Latizmo Dance Troupes, Belly Dancers & Cultural Dance Troupes + performances by Latizmo Hip Hop Productions.