Community Liaison

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, IDD Prevalence, Long-term supports and services, Self-advocacy, Self-determination and self-direction, Social inclusion

Contact information

phone: +1 612-625-0171

Inst on Community Integration Room 204 PtH 150 Pillsbury Dr S E Minneapolis, MN 55455


Cliff Poetz works for the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration Research and Training Center on Community Living as a community liaison where he does community outreach for a number of projects. He is an advisor for the Self-Advocacy Online web page, reviews content for the College of Direct Support and lends his expertise to the Minnesota Citizens Consortium on Disability. He is a past member of the Board of The Arc, Arc Minnesota, and Interact Theatre. He has also been a board member for People First Minnesota, Advocating Change Together, the Minnesota State Council on Disability, and the Minnesota Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (MNASH). On the The Arc’s board, he has been a member of the Futures Committee to help shape decisions on the future of the national organization. As a People First Minnesota board member, he served a term as President. He has spoken at Arc Minnesota state conventions, at self-advocacy gatherings in Minnesota and in other parts of the U.S. (including workshops at People First International’s Conference and the national conference for the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability). He has worked with other self-advocates who want to form their own Self Advocacy groups. In 2000, Poetz received the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation Self-Empowerment Award for his pioneering efforts to promote self-advocacy among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL)

Conducts a wide range of research, training, and technical assistance and dissemination projects related to community supports under its center grant and related project funding. The RTC-CL is...

In collaboration with: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, Human Services Research Institute, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services


RISP: National Residential Information Systems Project: Data Collection and Information Dissemination on Residential and In Home Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (RISP)

Examines the status of, and longitudinal trends in, provision of institutional and home and community based long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental...

In collaboration with: Human Services Research Institute, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services


Self-Advocacy Online: Research and Development to Bridge the Digital Divide

Develops a model for making Web sites accessible for people with intellectual and related cognitive disabilities, and launches an educational and networking Web site for teens and adults with...

In collaboration with: Self-Advocates Minnesota, HASTAC Initiative, MacArthur Foundation