PACE is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2014, It was started by two mothers of children with autism and other behavior challenges. These two mothers live in a rural area of Kansas where there are very limited services for children with these specific needs. After a decade of endeavoring to find appropriate services for their respective children, the mothers united to form their own organization. They sought the education that would put them in a place to help provide services to families experiencing similar difficulties. One mother, already having a degree in elementary education, earned a Master’s degree in Special Education with emphases in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). The other mother received a degree in sociology specializing in social entrepreneurship and grant writing, later going on the become a BCBA as well. This put them in the perfect position to work together to open PACE with the specific purpose to help children and families similar to their own. Being mothers themselves, they can bring a certain compassion and knowledge other professionals may lack. As families come to them with the usual concerns related to autism and other behavior challenges, these two mothers have a definite empathy. But they also have the professional knowledge to help these families in their – sometimes – heartbreaking journey.
PACE provides home and community-based autism and ABA services to the South Central Kansas area.