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Welcome to the Region 17
Complex Access Needs (CAN)

Resources Page

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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  

RESOURCES for Serving Students with Complex Needs 
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CAN Training Opportunities for SY 2021-2022

CAN Professional Learning Community







South C

May 11, 2022

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9 – 4

9 - 12   CAN Materials, Resources, Support, Training
1 - 4     Building an Authentic Academic Response
            a TxCAN course



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Thursday, June 16
1 - 5 pm
Serving Students with BVI in All Instructional Settings




Rogers Rm

Wednesday, June 22


Complex Needs Instruction Planning:  Resources, Steps, & Strategies



Lecture Hall

Tue & Wed
June 28 - 29

Contact Deanne for more info & funding

 Ready Bodies, Learning Minds
for working with students who have blindness/visual impairment

Region 14
in Abilene

District Teams are Welcome!

Thursday, June 30
9am-12 Noon
STAAR Alt 2:  Before, During & After Testing 867729 Neely Rm
Thursday, July 7
We CAN Communicate 869349 South Conf. B
Wednesday, July 13
The Must-Haves of Every CAN Classroom 864058 South Conf. C

Monday, July 25

3 Ways to Reinvent Your Classroom Library & Make Literacy More Accessible! 869346 Neely Rm
  • TxCAN free, self-paced, TEA-approved Courses TxCAN logo
  • Online Training Opportunities:  online trng opps.docx open laptop computer
  • 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

TxCAN - Grow your knowledge base with our video library and STAAR Alternate 2 online course!  

The Texas Complex Access Network, or TxCAN, is creating a new paradigm of acceptance and potential for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

TX CAN’s video library is rapidly growing as videos continue to be added for families, educators, and administrators. Current offerings include the “Straight Talk” family series and “Excerpts from the Expert” series featuring Dr. Cheryl Jorgensen, an expert on inclusion for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Administrators won’t want to miss the administrator series that focuses on effective practices and offers suggestions for supporting educators working with students with complex access needs.

Stay on top of state alternate assessment changes with TX CAN’s STAAR Alternate 2: Before, During, and After the Assessment online course. The training provides guidance for teachers in preparing students for the test, test administration, and using test results to inform future instruction. You'll get an overview, history, and details of the test while also gaining access to tools and resources. 

The TxCAN network is here to support you and the students in your life. Visit txcan.tea.texas.gov to check out all the amazing resources, or contact me, your regional TxCAN representative!

Lottie Tomko, M. Ed, TxCAN Grant Manager      Deanne Goen, Region 17 TxCAN Representative
ltomko@esc3.net     361-573-0731 ext. 327      deannegoen@esc17.net     806-281-5712

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