Texas Complex Access Network

Creating a new paradigm of acceptance and potential for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Welcome to TX CAN

We are 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.

Our mission is to put effective, evidence-based tools and strategies into the hands of teachers, and parents, to help them on their journey.

What We Do


We raise awareness of the human potential for every student, regardless of how their disability impacts them.


We support educators and families by providing meaningful and appropriate tools.


We empower teachers to provide high quality instruction and to best support their students with significant cognitive disabilities.


We support inclusion because when students with disabilities are educated alongside their non-disabled peers, it benefits everyone.


Educational researchers and leaders in the field are collaborating with the Texas Education Agency to develop timely, meaningful, appropriate, and high-quality resources to guide educators and families in supporting students with significant cognitive disabilities.  These resources will be posted and updated continually, so bookmark this site and visit us often.

Monthly Instructional Guides

Designed to guide educators in bringing all the pieces together. From August to May, you will find helpful tips, reminders, and strategies to improve your practice.

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Assessment and Instruction Matrix 

Created as a resource for identifying appropriate assessment protocols and instructional curriculum supports.

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Remote Learning Guidance

Created to help educators identify ways they can continue to provide supports to students with complex needs during at home learning.

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Online Course Library

Online learning materials to support effective and rigorous instruction for students with complex access needs. While all are free, we offer a mix of self-paced and facilitated courses to support your professional development needs.

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Parent Videos

We know that parents are often given grim outlooks for their child’s future.  We have created a positive forum for parents to share what they have learned on their journey and to encourage other families to hold high expectations. 

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How-to's: Putting it into Practice - COMING SOON

An online series providing an overview of research-based practices with considerations for implementation, step- by-step guides and fidelity checklists - everything needed to move forward in bringing about real change.