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Paula Goldberg

Paula Goldberg was an extraordinary leader who made the world a better place for countless numbers of children with disabilities through her work at PACER Center. This award was created in her honor to encourage and recognize an individual or group who has demonstrated exceptional advocacy and leadership in support of the rights of children with disabilities. This award will be given annually, and the award winner will be recognized at a public event.

Read Paula's Story

The recipient of the Paula F. Goldberg Champion for Children with Disabilities Award is:

  • A visionary leader. The award winner is both a dreamer and a doer. They are able to look at an issue and envision a path to positive change. They take initiative, and through their vision, are able to inspire others to join together to achieve great things for children with disabilities. They not only have a vision to execute, but also a plan to succeed.
  • A tenacious advocate. The award winner is unwaveringly persistent in their advocacy for children with disabilities. They are undeterred by challenges and even failure, understanding that there are often setbacks on the road to success.
  • A true role model. The award winner is a person of achievement, integrity, and dedication, whose positive attitude and commitment to the cause inspires others to follow in their footsteps.


Deadline for nominations is August 26, 2022. A committee will review and evaluate all nominations.

The winner of this award will be presented with $5,000 to support their ongoing efforts and will be honored at PACER’s Annual Benefit on November 5, 2022. They will also be recognized on PACER’s website, social media, in PACER publications, and on a plaque at PACER’s office.


Nominations must be submitted using the following

Submit a Nomination

Those submitting a nomination will need to provide the following personal information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone
  • Affiliation or relationship with the nominee

In addition, will need to provide the following information about the nominee:

  • Name
  • City and state

Plus, answer these three questions using the award recipient criteria as a guide:

  1. Identify the specific actions or behaviors demonstrated by the nominee that exemplify visionary leadership, tenacious advocacy, and make them a role model, in 2000 words or less.
  2. Describe the outcomes and/or impact, past or potential, of the nominee’s contributions, in 2000 words or less.
  3. Tell us what, if any, additional information you would like the committee to consider, in 2000 words or less.

Questions? Contact [email protected]