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Welcome to the Region 17
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  

RESOURCES for Serving Students with Complex Needs 
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CAN Training Opportunities for SY 2022-2023

fall leafFALL 2022 Professional Development - Click Date to Register

  • Sep 8 - CAN Professional Learning Community (PLC)
  • Oct 13 - CAN PLC
  • Nov 10 - CAN PLC 
  • Nov 29 - STAAR Alternate 2 Training - 3 hours, 9am-12pm (morning only)
  • Dec 5 - STAAR Alternate 2 Training (REPEAT of Nov 29) - 3 hours, 1 - 4pm (afternoon only)
  • Dec 7 - STAAR Alternate 2 Training (REPEAT of Nov 29) - 3 hours, 9am-12pm (morning only)
  • Dec 8 - CAN PLC


small red heart shapeSave the Date!   February 9, 2023    Differentiation for Students with Complex Needs   (click to Register)
Special Guest Presenter at this CAN PLC session..... Ayo Jones, site designer of NoodleNook

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

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

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