With An Eye to the Past - 1980s - Recapturing the Vision
Introduction 1940s to 50s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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In the early 1980s, the state Arc hosted consumer hearings around the state as "People First" groups sprang up across the country, giving people with developmental disabilities an opportunity to speak for themselves.

Cliff Poetz, Irving Martin and Gloria Steinbring spearheaded Minnesota's efforts.

All three individuals became national leaders in self-advocacy, serving on national boards and making presentations nationally and internationally.


Irving Martin (left) and Cliff Poetz (right)
helped give people with developmental
disabilities a chance to speak for themselves.


People First
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