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PACER Center

Champions for Children with Disabilities

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To receive PACER's mailings, newsletter, or e-newsletter, please e-mail or call 952.838.9000.

PACER helps families of children with all disabilities, birth through 21.


What is PACER Center?

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.

Highlights from PACER programs:

  • PACER provides information, support, workshops, and referrals to both families and professionals.
  • PACER provides puppet programs on disability awareness, abuse prevention, and bullying prevention.
  • PACER's Simon Technology Center provides software, adaptive devices and training to help children and young adults with disabilities learn to communicate through technology.
  • PACER provides programs for Native American, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Somali and Southeast Asian communities. Many of our publications have been translated into Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
  • PACER's Family-to-Family Health Information Center provides a single source of information, including resources and support, for families whose children have disabilities and complex health care needs.
  • Other programs focus on employment, grandparents, housing and bullying prevention.

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What is PACER's mission?

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

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Is PACER a 501(c)(3) organization?

Yes, PACER Center is a nonprofit organization serving children and youth with disabilities throughout the state of Minnesota and the nation. You can find a report on the organization at the Minnesota Charities Review Council. Gifts to PACER Center are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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How is PACER connected to the community?

PACER Center is unique in that it serves children with all disabilities; learning, physical, emotional, mental and health. No other organization in Minnesota offers this broad range of service to families. PACER also works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

Many of PACER's board members are parent representatives from the coalition organizations.

PACER's vision is to build a healthy, integrated community in which people learn to respect each other for what they have in common, and to celebrate their differences.

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How will my contribution help PACER Center?

Currently there are more than 200,000 children with special needs in Minnesota and 6.7 million throughout the nation. Each year, PACER receives more requests for services that help children with all disabilities. Yet PACER is not a United Way agency, and does not charge workshop fees to parents of children with disabilities because PACER knows those parents are already facing high costs as they strive the meet the needs of their son or daughter with a disability. Your support will therefore help PACER staff respond to the ever-increasing number of families and professionals who contact PACER for assistance.

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1978 PACER's first office opened and beginning of PARENTS HELPING PARENTS.
200,000+ equals the number of children in Minnesota, age birth to 21, with disabilities and special health care needs.
127,325 equals the number of individuals receiving the Pacesetter newsletter.
36,091 equals the number of email addresses on PACER’s email list.
44,614 equals the number of requests for information and assistance.
4,170 equals the number of requests for information and assistance from the Simon Technology Center.
7,231 equals the number of students and adults who saw the COUNT ME IN puppet programs.  This number includes both students and adults with and without disabilities. Students and adults who saw the KIDS AGAINST BULLYING show equaled 3,295.
722 equals the number of workshops, training, presentations, and in-services provided for parents and professionals.
29,045 equals the number of parents and professionals who attended PACER workshops, trainings, presentations, in-services, webinars, and conferences.
4,726,230 equals the number of visitors to all of PACER’s Web sites from the U.S. and 80 other countries.
37,000+ equals the number of “likes” on PACER’s Facebook pages.
16.7% equals management and fundraising expense as a percentage of revenue as stated by PACER's auditors. This means that 83.3% of PACER's funds go directly to its programs.
70 PACER now has 70 staff members.

MOST of PACER's staff and its Board are parents of children and youth with disabilities.

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Visit PACER's other sites: Teens Against Bullying | Kids Against Bullying | FAST Family Support | FAPE | MN SEACs

Translated content: Hmoob/Hmong | Español | Soomaaliga/Somali

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