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Mac Shapland was a person who faced many physical and developmental challenges but always kept a positive attitude and was determined to do it his way. Mac brought joy and laughter into everything he did, helping others see the best in life and the value of all people.

Mac and his family blazed many trails that impacted other families in Minnesota and across the country. In honor of Mac, the Shapland family has established Mac’s Fund to provide financial support for families whose children, youth or young adults have special health care needs and/or disabilities to assist with costs associated with unmet needs related to participating in or accessing activities that are not covered by other financial sources.


Interested in using your unique talents and knowledge to support families of children and youth with special health care needs or disabilities? One of our current positions may be right for you. 


Webinar Series: Special Needs Planning
Part II: Guardianship & Conservatorship

Wednesday, May 29th
12:30 – 1:30 PM

Long before our children with special health care needs reach adulthood many of us worry for their future. Will they need someone to make important decisions for them? Who will handle the financial aspects of living if they cannot? Estate Planning Attorney, Scott Stevens, brings us another informative webinar on special needs planning. Scott, who is a father to a youth with a disability, will shed light on guardianship and conservatorship. This webinar is for families with children of all ages who have special health care needs.

Conference: Transforming Care and Experience for Children with Special Health Complexity

Save the Date: Join other parents along with care coordinators, pediatricians, and other interested health care professionals on Thursday June, 20, 2019 at this unique conference aimed at improving systems of care including family-centered care coordination for children with complex conditions and disabilities. This conference is being planned and implemented by Family Voices of Minnesota, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and the Minnesota Department of Health.

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