Champions for Children with Disabilities
PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.
With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.
Answers to frequently asked questions about PACER, PACER's mission, program highlights, recent accomplishments, how our contributions are used, plans for the future, and more.
History of PACER Center
In 1977, PACER began with one project: Parents Helping Parents. Thirty years and 30 programs later, PACER is still staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities dedicated to educating other parents and improving the lives of families and children.
PACER is led by Executive Director, Paula Goldberg, who also co-founded the organization. Many members from the community participate on PACER boards and committees.
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