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College of Adaptive Arts

Fall Quarter 2020
Oct. 19 – 23: Week 3/10

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The above photo is the CAA walking club at West Valley College we meet at 9 AM Saturday morning in front of the western entrance of the campus. Join us for a leisurely and exciting walk through the campus. Meet new students me old students meet friends to bring a friend. Email for details. 🙂

Great NonProfits Reviews for College of Adaptive Arts now at 45 – can you help us 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:

My son loves the College of Adaptive Arts. He was attending a Day Program, but when I enrolled him into classes at the College he did not want to return to the Day Program. His favorite class at first was Belly Dancing. Now he loves Theatre and Speaking With Confidence. He enjoys the collegiate atmosphere at CAA. Although, he is quiet and shy he enjoys hanging out with his peers. The Instructors are very attentive and observant of the students. This appears to aid them in learning how to motivate and teach each individual student in accordance with their abilities and learning style. They are patient, understanding, professional, and well trained in the education of students with developmental disabilities. My son was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. He completed high school in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Post Secondary at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. We learned about the College of Adaptive Arts while he was participating with Angels on Stage. Wiley loves acting, singing, and dancing. The College of Adaptive Arts has provided him with the opportunity to learn, develop skills, and participate in all three. The founders have gone above and beyond our expectations to make us feel an integral part of this unique organization of higher education for this special population.

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:

New CAA Student Artwork greeting card packs en route and almost ready for sale! 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

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, 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.

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