Paula Goldberg: A Drum Major for Justice

Paula J. Goldberg

Paula Goldberg

The disability community lost a giant yesterday with the passing of Paula Goldberg, a co-founder of the PACER Center, a leading parent training and information center. She was instrumental in advocating for the establishment of parent training and information centers and that they be a vital component of discretionary grant funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Paula’s dedication to children with disabilities and their families, not just those in her home state of Minnesota, but around the country and around the world, was legendary.

Paula was a friend and mentor to me and to many of us in the special education advocacy community. Paula often played the role of the parent no child wanted to disappoint. As such, she pushed policymakers to take actions that would advance high expectations for students with disabilities. She made us stronger, better, and unified.

I know her memory will be a blessing.

Katy Neas
Deputy Assistant Secretary
(Delegated the Authority to Perform the Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services)


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  2. Paula Goldberg was an amazing individual, I had the privilege of knowing her and working with her over many years. She made such a difference for parents of children with disabilities and children with disabilities. She was kind, always had a smile and knowledgeable in all areas of special education. Even though she is gone, she will never be forgotten and her legacy will live on into the future.
    John Copenhaver

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