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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.

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