September 2021 Issue
Letter from the CEO
Hello MACers,
The walls of The MAC have gone up! This is a big milestone that reflects all the hard work we have done together during the past three years. We still have much work to do, but seeing the walls is a great reminder of our collective mission and inspires us to proceed with even more enthusiasm. It’s hard to believe that The MAC will be open in just nine short months. We are very excited about what the future holds, and we wouldn’t be where we are without you. I invite you to drive by the site and take a look!

Ad Astra,
Meet the Team
Community Information Now (CI:Now) is a nonprofit local data intermediary that provides data, tools, analysis, and training to inform decisions to improve Texas communities, focusing primarily on Bexar and surrounding counties. CI:Now's vision is to improve lives and decreased disparities through democratized data. In addition to publishing data through interactive online tools, CI:Now supports a wide variety of local partners by developing reports, helping with data for collaborative performance management, and formal and "just in time" training and technical assistance on understanding and using data. CI:Now's role with The MAC is to develop an assessment tool and scoring algorithm to generate a data-informed recommendation assigned to MAC Member. CI:Now team consist of Laura McKiernan and Danequa Forrest, who have been working hand in hand with the Navigation Committee to ensure everyone with a special need that comes to The MAC will be assigned a specially trained Navigator, who will assess each person’s situation and patiently guide them to workable solutions to their needs.
MACer Spotlight
For more than 67 years, The Arc of San Antonio (The Arc) has worked to enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. The Arc was founded in 1954 by parents who wanted to create a network of support and services for their children with special needs, advocating for their wider inclusion into the larger fabric of the community.

The Arc programs include; Adult Life Enrichment (ALE) program serves members with IDD on weekdays. ALE staff lead activities and facilitate community-based outings and volunteer opportunities; Community Services Case Management (CSCM) provides comprehensive case management services for children/young adults ages 3-21 whom Medicaid does not cover; Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) offers state-qualified individuals with disabilities support by helping them access the resources they need to live and work independently; Family Support Services (FSS) works with families and caregivers to develop and self-implement plans that address their immediate and long-term needs.

The Arc continues to respond to the community's changing needs, and by developing a partnership with The MAC, we will address the most critical issues facing people living with disabilities.
MAC Updates

Walls Up at The MAC!
If you haven't been by The MAC work site yet, be sure to take a drive and see the progress! All 70 walls were raised in August over a span of five days. Each concrete tilt-wall panel is 60 ft. tall, and the roof is next in line to be completed.
Stay tuned as we continue to share our construction photos with you as we make progress.
Tell Me Something Good!
Titan Sign Company, a private 100% Texas-owned and operated business, created a 3D video of The MAC. Titan Sign Company uses the latest technology in large format to create an in-depth experience for their customers' signage.
Did You Know?
Morgan’s Wonderland Wall of Fame
#DYK - Each year, Morgan's Wonderland shines the spotlight on five heroes who’ve gone above and beyond to befriend the special-needs community. Though we recognize that an individual might be a true inspiration or a hero to his or her family members, we’re looking for honorees that have had a dramatic and extraordinary impact on many lives.

At the new Morgan's Wonderland Camp, the five honorees will be recognized at the 12th annual gala – Celebrating a World of Inclusion – on Friday, Nov. 12. 

Names of the five honorees will be placed on the Morgan’s Wonderland Wall of Fame located in the heart of the 25-acre theme park for thousands of guests to see. A committee from Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative and special advisors will review nominations of not more than two typewritten pages submitted.
Guardianship Alternatives Clinic
#DYK - Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, in collaboration with The Arc of San Antonio, DisabilityRights Texas, St. Mary Law School, and San Antonio Legal Services Association, will host Alternatives to Guardianship Clinic. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet remotely with an attorney and put in place, Supported Decision-Making Agreements, Powers of Attorney, and other empowering documents for adults with disabilities.  
September Calendar
September 9, 2021
Therapy Home Committee Meeting
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Morgan's Wonderland Camp

September 15, 2021
Medical Home Committee Meeting
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Virtual Meeting 

September 15, 2021
Autism Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Morgan's Wonderland Event Center

September 22, 2021
MAC Navigation Committee Meeting
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Morgan's Wonderland Event Center

September 27, 2021
Legal Home Committee Meeting
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Morgan's Wonderland Camp

September 28, 2021
Client & Caregiver Committee
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Morgan's Wonderland Camp
September 6, 2021
Labor Day at Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland will observe Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 6 – with special entertainment. The holiday will mark the beginning of the fall season at the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. 

Special entertainment on Labor Day at Morgan’s Wonderland will include an 11:30 a.m. performance of “The Adventures of Captain Inclusion Show” starring popular puppet Hartman and his sidekick, Captain Inclusion.
Word of the Month
Build your MAC terminology with new words and definitions every month. 

MAC Navigation System
[Mack - nav·i·ga·tion - sys·tem]

A cloud-based, HIPAA compliant, closed-loop electronic referral platform used to create a MAC Member electronic record to collect data, send/track referrals, schedule appointments and ensure communication between all MACers. 
MAC Fact
VIA Link is a transit service that will be available at The MAC. It’s a service designed to provide on-demand transit in the Northeast San Antonio area. VIA Link is a ride-sharing program where people may reserve a van to take a trip. Customers can request a trip through a convenient app and can begin and end a trip anywhere within the pilot zone or connect with the regular VIA bus service to continue their trip.
MI2 Corner

You may have noticed that our nonprofit name has changed. After a lot of thought and feedback from the community, we decided to change our name to represent better who we are and what we do! We are all about creating fabulous places where people of all abilities can come together and enjoy life side by side and growing the culture of inclusion around the world. 

We are on a journey of inclusion that began with Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first Ultra-Accessible™, fully-inclusive, nonprofit theme park. But today, we are so much more! You can follow all our endeavors and keep up to date on what’s happening with Morgan’s Inclusion Initiative by visiting our website,
MACnificent Minute
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We would love for all the MACers to submit content for the monthly newsletter. Tell us about updates, events for the calendar, a Tell Me Something Good, or a one-minute video for the MACnificent Minute. Please submit all content by the 20th of the month.