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Complex Access Needs (CAN)

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Texas Complex Access Network (TxCAN) is a Special Education component of Texas Education Agency (TEA)
TxCAN is dedicated to raising awareness of the limitless potential of students with significant cognitive disabilities. 
It’s all about presuming competence and finding the most appropriate supports to provide connection, access, and increased opportunities.  
mission of TxCAN is to put effective, evidence-based tools and strategies
into the hands of teachers, and parents, to help them on their journey.
In Region 17, contact Deanne Goen, Education Specialist, for consultation and support.

  photo of Deanne Goen TxCAN logo Region 17 logo photo of Evelyn Gilson     Deanne Goen Evelyn Gilson (806) 281-5712 (806) 281-5867
    (806) 281-5764 (fax) (806) 281-5764 (fax)
    deannegoen@esc17.net   egilson@esc17.net  

Move Forward with TxCAN

With so much to do and keep track of, it can be difficult to stay on top of things. TX CAN is here to help you. This month, we highlight two resources to keep you on target and in line with best practices.

OurJanuary Monthly Instructional Guide addresses mid-year assessment, transitioning new students, indoor activities, and more. The Monthly Instructional Guides were developed to give you timely guidance all year long  

It’s important for everyone to learn and grow. When supporting students with significant cognitive disabilities, it’s all about presuming competence and finding the most appropriate supports to provide connection and access. Research suggests when given appropriate supports, the significance of a student’s cognitive disability is lessened. Take the TX CAN course Presuming Competence to learn more about the research and how you can broaden the horizon for your students.

Visittxcan.tea.texas.gov to learn more and stay current, or reach out to me, your regional TX CAN contact, for support!

Thank you for all you do for TX CAN students!

RESOURCES for Serving Students with Complex Needs 
  •  TEKS Resource System logo TEKS Resource System information

CAN Training Opportunities for SY 2022-2023

picture of bees flyingSPRING 2023   Professional Development - Click Date to Register

  • Jan. 12 CAN PLC - Building a Foundation part 3 + freebies
  • Feb. 9 CAN PLC - Differentiation for Students with Complex Needs + freebies 
      Special Guest Presenter - Ayo Jones, CAN Specialist & Author of NoodleNook.com 
  • March no March CAN PLC
  • Apr. 13 CAN PLC - variety of topics supporting CAN teachers + freebies

  • TxCAN free, self-paced, TEA-approved Courses TxCAN logo
  • Online Training Opportunities:  online trng opps.docx open laptop computer

CAN Professional Learning Community (PLC) - join Region 17's monthly sessions
          Contact Deanne Goen at deannegoen@esc17.net or 806.281.5712.

C.A.N. Connection Smore Newsletter 

Texas Complex Access Network Home

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to school staff and/or parents who have students with complex needs (moderate-severe cognitive disability, multiple disabilities, medically fragile, deafblindness)
  • Provide curriculum training and resources to support instructional services to students with complex needs
  • Provide classroom materials on loan or preview basis which will support instructional goals for students with complex needs
  • Staff development to enhance abilities of school personnel to meet individual needs of students with complex needs
  • Support to school personnel on implementation of inclusive strategies for students with complex needs
  • Coaching support for learning and implementing evidence-based practices for students with complex needs
  • Support to understand and create individualized and evidence-based documents of the IEP for students with complex needs
  • Training and support for implementing appropriate accommodations and modifications for the individualized needs of students with complex needs
  • Training and support for selecting and using appropriate assistive technology that supports students with complex needs in accessing the general curriculum

View TxCAN video clips on tons of topics to support you in the CAN classroom!
Go to the TxCAN Videos webpage at https://txcan.tea.texas.gov/video-library.
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STAAR Alternate 2 Training - We've got you covered!

- If you missed the in-person STAAR Alternate 2 training dates in the fall, no worries! 
   Just contact Deanne for training options.   deannegoen@esc17.net   806.281.5712

- online & on-demand TxCAN 3-hour Course, STAAR Alt 2:  Before, During, & After the Assessment
   Register at https://txcan.tea.texas.gov/courses.