Learn how PACER has touched the lives of children, young adults and families, as told in a series of success stories.
PACER continues to support all persons who desire to be free and safe in their own communities. We are aware of the history of racism and social injustice in this country that needs to be changed. The tragic death of Mr. Floyd has highlighted the injustices in Minnesota and our country. We know that Black children and their families experience significant disparities in education, health, housing, and the justice system. We will work to ensure just systems for all families. We can do better.
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.
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.
Public Policy & Legislation
Part of PACER Center’s commitment to children with disabilities includes ensuring that the state and federal laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities remain strong. PACER works in coalition with other disability organizations to support special education laws and other related legislation.
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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How PACER Helps
Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities.
PACER has programs for children and young adults with all disabilities, their parents and families, and the professionals working with the families.
PACER has websites for its National Parent Center on Transition and Employment project, as well as its National Bullying Prevention Center.