PACE was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned parents and educators as a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization to meet the critical need of providing education and care for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Starting with 14 students in 1989 and one group home in 1992, PACE currently serves up to 60 students in our K-12 school, houses 36 children and adults in our residential program, and provides children’s services for nearly 80 families.
The PACE School is a non-profit, non-public school, certified by the California Department of Education and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. PACE School serves students ages 6-22 who live with moderate to severe autism, with a specific emphasis on non-verbal students and those with especially challenging behaviors and communication disorders.
In January 2008, the PACE School relocated to its own privately owned facility in Santa Clara designed around the special needs of the autism population. Creating the building from the ground up allowed PACE to include special design elements such as natural lighting, precision climate control, hypoallergenic materials and flexible therapy spaces – a natural environment that supports the unique sensory needs of PACE clients. In the summer of 2011, PACE merged with FACES (Foundation for Autistic Childhood Education and Support), an intensive behavioral early intervention program in Redwood City which allowed expansion of PACE Children’s Services to include a full range of innovative methodologies. PACE Connections, an affect-based early intervention program in West San Jose offers home-based and center-based therapy, parent training, and Sunny Days Preschool.