Texas Complex Access Network

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

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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.


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. 

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Child with down syndrome playing guitar, fellow student and teacher are watching and smiling in the background

Online Courses

Free online course focusing on strategies and tools needed to provide meaningful instruction and experiences for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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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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