Texas Complex Access Network - TX CAN
TX CAN serves students with significant cognitive disabilities, their teachers, and their families. While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes 3 disability categories, significant cognitive disability is not one of them. A single, specific disability category cannot identify students with a significant cognitive disability. Instead, this population is often identified by their need for intensive, targeted support to access the curriculum. This network exists to develop resources and training to enable educators and families to identify and implement appropriate support.
Education Service Center Region 11 serves as a member of the Texas CAN statewide network and provides technical assistance and training for educators, parents, and other stakeholders to identify strategies for meeting the complex and intensive educational and functional needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities. For information about ongoing professional development opportunities, consult the ESC Region 11 online workshop catalog.