Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE)

Rating: 4.64 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Education, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 1880 Pruneridge Ave. Santa Clara CA 95050 USA

Mission: Our Mission at PACE is to provide high quality programs for individuals with Autism and its related developmental disabilities, so they may experience the satisfaction and fulfillment that accompany learning, self expression, self-care, productive work and interpersonal and community experiences.
Target demographics: meet the specialized needs of children and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities and help them to reach their full potential.
Direct beneficiaries per year: PACE school serves up to 60 students annually. Children's Services meet the needs of over 75 children and their families. Our Residential program houses 36 clients in six individual facilities.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
Programs: Children's Services PACE School PACE Residential Program

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

PACE seems to prioritize admitting as many students on the wait list as possible above the safety of the students and staff. Staff turnover is exorbitantly high, frequently leaving classrooms at dangerous student-to-adult ratios. Administration is pretty hands-off and distant when it comes to activity on the floor. I'm a huge advocate for individuals with disabilities, but I would not in good conscious recommend PACE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PACE has been my son's school for the last 10 years. They are hopeful, respectful, delightful, - pretty much - PACE is full of what the world needs more of! Teachers/Staff with integrity, honesty, dedication, thoughtfulness, caring, and persevering. They always put my son's needs 1st. They always have his best interest in mind. They never say there isn't enough funding for what he needs. They just find ways to get it and get it done well. PACE is amazing!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who had the pleasure and honor to volunteer for PACE during the summer of 2010. The organization was an incredible one to volunteer for. Their mindset toward the treatment of children was realistic and natural while the wonderfully patient individuals on staff were helpful and understanding. It was an honor for me to gift my knowledge of the behavioral practice toward the formalization of their clinical practice, and any parent who has concerns that their child be given evidence based education will be pleasantly satisfied with the work and the data collected here. Perhaps most importantly, parents whose concerns include their child's future ability to relate will be more than satisfied with the model of therapy offered at PACE. Their organized delivery of relational, developmental, and behavioral therapy embedded in a full inclusion environment is a model for successful education of children with ASDs and neurotypical children alike. Best of luck in the future, PACE, and thank you for allowing me to help!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In meetings with the staff and administration of PACE, I have noticed that their success hinges on the fantastic people they hire, and the dedication and guidance those people provide. PACE is fantastic at their hiring and the children see the benefits!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I like the vision and mission of Pace and the segment of the community the organization reaches out to aligns with my personal goal - to help the vulnerable. I have found to staff to be commited and professional and caring. Pace has created a safe place for families living with autism to come to for support and assistance. I'm very proud of the work they do and the lives they have enriched through their services. I watch the interaction between the staff and clients when I went to update their donor database at their office.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through their fund-raising actvities as a volunteer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Having an opportunity to use my skills in data entry and databases to assist.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, homely and compasionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It will use it to offer additional services to it's clients and their families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

The preschool provides a developmentally appropriate setting for children with autism and typical children to learn together. The atmosphere is extremely positive, reflecting the name of the preschool "Sunny Days." The children are very comfortable and eager as they participate together in a carefully structured day that offers support and learning through play and interactions. I always have a good time and relish getting to know each unique kid and how they respond. The members of the PACE staff are warm and engaged individuals who place a priority on the value of each human being. This warmth permeates throughout the agency.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the range of services it provides. It is so important that families with special needs individuals know that as their children grow up, they will always have a place that meets their changing needs for education, training, & a future as adults.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I believe PACE is an organization with a purpose that not many are willing to pursue. Caring for children with autism is tedious and sometimes ignored. But I think PACE does a good job in not only fostering them, but teaching them of our society's values and rules. Their longevity of fostering those with autism is most impressive to me. They seem to educate and raise them until they are basically adults. Also, each of the children have his/her own instructor, who I think might even be seen as pseudoparents, in a way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a Saturday Potluck, in which I met several children with autism. Those children had individual instructions guiding them each. I liked how the children were so well taken care of.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I briefly volunteered at PACE to fill in some time before going back to school. I had a wonderful experience with everyone there. First of all everybody who works there is very dedicated and passionate about what they do. I've worked with individuals with autism before and being able to do fund raising work for them was an eye opening experience for me. It gave me a glimpse of how a non-profit organization runs. I would definitely love to volunteer again when opportunity arises.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending fundraising events and feel in awe of all the generous donors.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was a student volunteer at PACE. I had to do a graduation project based upon a social issue and I decided to select autism as my topic. That's when I found PACE. I volunteered in one of the classrooms at PACE for three weeks, and it was an eye opening experience. The kindness of all the workers and teachers there truly embraced the idea of a trusted and welcoming learning environment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interacting with the children. They need a place to learn and grow, and PACE can provide it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to see the dedication and passion of all the teachers and helpers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly and supportive of my graduation project. It was very easy to talk to them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow to provide more and better services for children with autism, and provide more residential homes for adults with autism.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to see the children doing different activities and go on an outing with the class.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of funding. With more resources, it could purchase better tools in order to help these children communicate.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

PACE is a great place to gain a variety of experiences and give back to the community at the same time. Having worked with children with autism, I never understood how challenging it can be to raise funds for a non-profit organization. During my experience in PACE, I had the opportunity to source out donations from different cooperations and learned many creative ways to seek out funds from the community. This experience has sharpened my communication skills and taught me persistence, because at times out of 10 calls for donations, there may be only one or no response. Overall, i thoroughly enjoyed my experience at PACE and wish i could volunteer my time at PACE again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everyone is friendly

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering for PACE for about 6 months, once a week for a few hours. I've worked with Bridget Holian and provided her with background administrative support, doing data-entry, filing, phone calls etc. She's a fabulous person to work with, and all the other people at PACE are nice, welcoming and supportive. I volunteered at the PACE Gala as well, which was a really great and well-organized event! My experience with PACE is great, I've learned a lot from them.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all fantastic. They're nice, friendly, welcoming people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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