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PACER Center

» PACER Center
8161 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55437
Admission: $ 0.00
In order to continue offering PACER programs free of charge, PACER hosts an annual benefit every spring.
Hours of Operation:
Monday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Tuesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
See Individual Programs for Specific Hours

PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. 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.

What the PACER Center Does

Pacer Center PuppetsPACER 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.
  • Through the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers, PACER offers consultation and technical assistance to the over 100 parent centers across the nation funded under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Its work affects the 7 million children with disabilities across the nation.
  • Other programs focus on employment, grandparents, housing and bullying prevention.

Jay Leno has been been one of the prestigious entertainers for the annual Pacer Center Fundraiser

Jay Leno has been been one of the prestigious entertainers for the annual Pacer Center Fundraiser

Nearly 90% of all donated funds goes toward PACER programs.


Guest Writer:
Donald R. McNeil
Pacer Center Board of Directors
April 29, 2013
This post's original content has been edited to fit the directory.

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