PACER Center director receives award

January 17, 2018

PACER Center co-founder and executive director Paula Goldberg has received the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award.

The award is the highest non-degree award conferred upon distinguished alumni by the University of Minnesota. It recognizes graduates or former students of the university who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions, or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national or international level.

The award, presented in November, identifies Goldberg as a “gifted advocate and collaborator, who was instrumental in reshaping the delivery of special education services to Minnesota children and families,” as well as an “innovative leader” and “dynamic humanitarian.”

In 1978, Goldberg co-founded PACER Center to help parents of children with a disability know their rights and expand opportunities for their sons and daughters. PACER supports families of youth with disabilities using a “parents helping parents” model.

Today, PACER has more than 70 staff members and more than 35 programs, including the National Bullying Prevention Center, which was founded in 2006. Other programs offer advocacy resources for youth, workshops and leadership training for parents, independent housing information and an assistive technology center.

PACER serves children of all ages, with all disabilities: learning, physical, emotional, mental and health.


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