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Our Mission

Pacesetters mission is to empower and support people with disabilities and their families to lead enriched and fulfilled lives.

Our Vision

"We envision a future with Pacesetters as the leader in building enlightened communities where people with disabilities are valued and fully included."

About Pacesetters Inc.

Pacesetters was founded during the summer of 1971 by caring citizens and family members as a volunteer program. We began as an adult activities center with the goal of providing a humane and productive lifestyle for those with developmental disabilities. The operation began in October 1971 and has grown throughout the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee in the years since. Pacesetters has grown to become one of the largest day and residential service providers for the I/DD community in the state of Tennessee. As of 2022, Pacesetters provides day and residential services in 5 Tennessee counties through the 1915c Waiver, CHOICES, and the Employment and Community First Choices (ECF) Waiver.


Pacesetters is also contracted with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to oversee the Family Support Program, a grant-based program that provides needed support, services, and equipment to individuals with severe disabilities and their families so that they can remain together in their community. Pacesetters’ Family Support Program covers all 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland.

Read more about the history of Pacesetters


Effective in March 2022, Pacesetters received Quality Assurance Accreditation through The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

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