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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) 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

CAN Training Opportunities for SY 2022-2023

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June 1        Try Differently Rather Than Harder - FASD training
June 7        Instruction & Behavior in Inclusive Classrooms - Paula Kluth
June 9        State Testing Accommodation Review 1/2-day
June 13      Addressing Complex Communication Needs - Emily Diaz (SLP)
June 14      Behavioral & Mental Health Interventions for Classrooms, Campuses - James Butler
June 22-24 Paraprofessional 2-day Training
June 26-28 3-day CAN Boot Camp - for newbies/still feeling newbies
July 6          Adapted P.E. Training - Jeff Key
July 12-14   Academy for Teachers of Young Children
August 3     Serving Students with Visual Impairments in All Instructional Settings - gen ed, sped

  • 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.

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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 & Training (TBA for SY23-24)

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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