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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. 
Also visit TEA's websiteTexas SPED Support webpage logo for statewide CAN resources.

  photo of Deanne Goen      TxCAN logo    Region 17 logo photo of Evelyn Gilson     Deanne Goen Evelyn Gilson (806) 281-5712 (806) 281-5867
    (806) 780-6694 (fax) (806) 780-6694 (fax)
    deannegoen@esc17.net   egilson@esc17.net 

RESOURCES for Serving Students with Complex Needs 
  • STAAR Alternate 2 - see tab STAAR Alt 2
  • TEKS -  the state standards for what students should know and be able to do 

  •  TEKS Resource System logo TEKS Resource System information

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ONBOARDING PROCESS Directors start here to onboard a new lifeskills teacher with TEA-approved best practices for serving students with complex access needs.
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  • 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

STAAR Alternate 2 Resources NEWS
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curriculum-supporting products.pdf

Curriculum-Supporting Products for educating students with significant cognitive disabilities
o Building Wings K-12, TEKS-aligned products (formerly Don Johnston Inc.)
EFL Essential for Living
FISH Functional Independence Skills Handbook: Assessment and Curriculum for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities - from Pro-Ed
Freckle Differentiated practice aligned to ELA and Math - by Renaissance
FACTER   Functional Assessment and Curriculum for Teaching Everyday Routines - Elementary Kit
IXL Aligned with TEKS; comprehensive K-12 skills learning in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish
LINKS 2.0  Curriculum from Star Autism Support
Reading Milestones
SOLS STAR Online Learning System (Remote Learning) from STAR Autism Support
TeachTown K-12, standards-based, adapted curriculum, aligned with TEKS
Unique Learning System (ULS) K-12 aligned lessons for ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, & Transition from N2Y
Vizzle Aligned with TEKS; a curriculum designed by Texas educators for Texas students; interactive online activities - a RethinkEd product

Texas SPED Support - Click Significant Cognitive Disabilities under Topics tab

Resources for Accessing Grade Level TEKS
- Vertical Alignments: Birth - 2nd Grade
- TEKS Vertical Alignment: PK - EOC
- Instructional Terms Lists
- Essence Statements
- TEKS Curriculum Framework
- Blueprints

TEKS Resource System - login to access the following tools:
o Year At-A-Glance (YAG)
o YAG Customization Tool
o Vertical Alignment
o TEKS Clarification
o TEKS Verification
o Resources
o Instructional Focus Document (IFD)

For all Texas students, the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) are the standards. The TEKS 
Resource System is where to go for curriculum scope & sequence.
All other products ref erred to as curriculum are simply supplemental to the TEKS & TEKS Resource System.
All students in Texas must have access to grade level TEKS regardless of student functioning level. 
Access the prerequisite skills at TEKS Curriculum Framework Documents, TEKS Vertical Alignment Documents, and
Early Childhood Vertical Alignments.

CAN Training Opportunities for SY 2023-2024

View SPED Specialized Supports video clips on tons of topics to support you in the complex access needs classroom!
Go to the Videos webpage at https://txcan.tea.texas.gov/video-library.