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College of/Adaptive Arts

Fall Quarter 2020

Nov 23 – 29 Thanksgiving/Mid-Quarter Break: NO CAA CLASSES
Next Library Lecture Series: Fri, Dec 4

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* This week is Thanksgiving Break week. Enjoy your holiday week: No CAA classes this week. Library Lecture Series presents…

Global Warning: a call to action

Did you know that global warming affects our oceans, their inhabitants, and our economy? Increases in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is tipping the scale toward dangerous levels in a process called ocean acidification. If we do nothing, marine life and coral reefs will disappear. If we act now, we can change the tide.

Join us on Dec. 4 at 7.30 pm for a special Library Lecture and hear what three young women and one small sea snail did to answer this important call to action. If they can do it, so can we!

Click Suzanne’s email address— —or DeAnna’s— — to RSVP by Dec. 2.

A sincere thanks to Professors Katie Zeisl, Clarissa Thompson, Michael Reisman & Nicole Ferguson for their dedication and teamwork in conducting an OUTSTANDING Virtual Celebrating Abilities 12th Annual Film Festival! It was a raving success, and so much ability was celebrated through film across the globe.

Please enjoy College of Adaptive Arts’ new logo celebrating its historic partnership with West Valley Campus and its forward-looking vision of building Inclusive Collegiate Partnerships on every campus of higher learning one day across California, the United States, and the world!

College of Adaptive Arts is so thankful to the San Jose Mercury News Wishbook Team for being selected as a 2020 Wishbook feature charity:

College of Adaptive Arts was not able to hold its wildly popular annual Golf Classic this fall at the beautiful campus of Santa Teresa Golf Course. In lieu of this annual fundraising event, the College of Adaptive Arts Mountain Movers Board of Directors would like to cordially invite you to register for The Impossible Dream Virtual Fundraising Gala happening through Zoom on Saturday, December 12 for 1 hour from 5pm-6pm: Here is the CAA The Impossible Dream Flyer for perusal and circulation – we’d be so obliged if you could reach out to your networks and invite new folks who might not know of this innnovative, lifelong collegiate model of higher education.

* College of Adaptive Arts was featured in the NewsUpNow segment this past week:

Save the Dates in December: 

  • School of Dance Year-Long Culminating Online Performance: Saturday, December 12, 3-4:30 pm – details forthcoming
  • CAA Holiday Online Fundraising Auction: Saturday, December 12, 5-6 pm, Zoom in & hear CAA 2020 Student Valedictorian Oliver Motiee’s impactful speech & help raise much-needed funds for the college as we were not able to host our Fall Golf Tournament
  • CAA Online Graduation & Holiday Concert: Saturday, December 19, 2-4 pm, details forthcoming
Here are CAA’s 2021 Quarter Dates for the year for reference and circulation. If you are part of a Regional Center, please share them with your Service Coordinator.
New CAA Student Artwork greeting card packs are here and ready for sale in time for the Holiday Season! 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

Physical Addresses requested for December Newsletter! If you know of anyone in your network who might want to receive a physical copy of CAA’s December newsletter, please email with name and mailing address – it’s gearing up to be our best newsletter to date, and we’re trying to spread the word to more interested in learning about this lifelong college model for adults who historically have not had access. 🙂

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 new college swag in time for the holidays. If you have particular ideas for fun merchandise, please email with your ideas! 🙂

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)

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.