The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Minnesota. The work of artist Jon Leverentz (front center) was featured in the summer 2017 exhibit of ICI’s Changing Landscapes initiative. Since 2007 Changing Landscapes has partnered with over a dozen community organizations to present exhibits of visual art by artists with disabilities, celebrating art and diversity while promoting the work of the artists. Pictured with Leverentz are members of the Changing Landscapes committee, and ICI Director David R. Johnson (back right). In 2018, Changing Landscapes will have a new name – Art for All: The Stephanie Evelo Fund for Art Inclusion.

Community Message

Photo of Cliff Poetz receiving ICI’s inaugural Clifford L. Poetz Advocacy & Service Award. Standing with Cliff is ICI director David R. Johnson.

Through decades of advocacy and leadership, Cliff Poetz (left) has taught and inspired people across the country, including ICI director David R. Johnson (right). Among the recognitions Poetz has received over the years was ICI’s inaugural Clifford L. Poetz Advocacy & Service Award, given to him at ICI’s 30th anniversary gathering in 2015 (shown here), and the AUCD Leadership in Advocacy Award, which he received in 2017.

Learn from the Past, Live in the Present, Believe in the Future

Earlier this year, I announced my intention to step down from my role as ICI Director. I have held this position for more than 20 incredibly rewarding years. I know that ICI will benefit from the creativity and energy that a new director will bring to our future work. To dispel any rumors, I am not retiring. I will continue to work on ICI research and development projects focused on the transition of youth with disabilities from school to further education, employment, and community living. So, as we take a look back on this past year, I am cognizant of our successful present and optimistic for what will undoubtedly be a bright future.

For many years, I have been proud to support this talented team of professionals driven by a mission that all people with disabilities have the opportunity to be participating members in their communities of choice. Through activities in research, training, and outreach we continue to learn from the communities whom we support, taking our cues from demonstrated needs we identify through five areas of programmatic focus (see ICI Accomplishments below). As grant funding for this vital work becomes more challenging and uncertain, we have committed to diversifying how we support ICI. Demonstrating our entrepreneurial spirit in action, we now count external sales of products, services, and training as a major source of annual funding.

As we look to the future, we need not look far for inspiration. Earlier this year, our own Clifford Poetz, a veteran disability rights advocate, was given the honor of receiving the “Leadership in Advocacy Award” from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in Washington, D.C. All the way back in 1973, Senator Edward Kennedy asked Cliff to provide testimony at a hearing on the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. He was the first person with an intellectual disability to testify before Congress. Cliff is still with us today as a vibrant and respected Community Liaison with our Research and Training Center (RTC) on Community Living. Individuals like Cliff continue to teach us and show us the way forward in our work. Thank you, my friend, for your many years of service and unparalleled leadership.

Please take a moment to review our highlights from this past year. Our achievements are only made possible through the many intentional partnerships that further our collective work. I am enormously indebted to my colleagues for the honor of leading this Institute and connecting ICI's work to broader communities across the state, country, and even in international sectors. I believe in our future, and know that through ongoing collaborations and strategic planning ICI will continue to be positioned for success, and to make a difference in the years ahead.

director's signature

David R. Johnson, Ph.D., Director of ICI

ICI Accomplishments

Through collaborative research, training, and outreach, the Institute on Community Integration improves policies and practices to ensure that all children, youth, and adults with disabilities are valued by, and contribute to, their communities of choice. View this year’s accomplishments by clicking on each of the Institute’s program areas below.

The Institute’s 60+ projects and six affiliated centers conduct their work in collaboration with service providers, policymakers, educators, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, researchers, families, and individuals with disabilities around the world, generating and sharing state-of-the-art knowledge supporting community inclusion of people with disabilities.

2016/17 Institute Funding

Institute funding (16+ million) breakdown: 62% Federal Sources, 16% State Sources, 5% University of Minnesota, 16% External Sales of Products, Services, and Training, 1% Foundations and Funds

The Institute’s activities are funded largely through external grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private sources, and through revenue from external sales activities. Matching support is provided primarily by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development and Graduate School. This year's funders were the following:

ICI Community Advisory Council

ICI Community Collaborators

University of Minnesota

  • Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
  • Center for Early Education and Development
  • Center for Neurobehavioral Development
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
  • Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Disability Resource Center
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Medical School, Department of Pediatrics
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Social Work
  • TRIO McNair Scholars
  • TRIO Upward Bound

Universities, Colleges, and Research Institutes

  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • Bilim-Central Asia Educational Center (Kazakhstan)
  • Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
  • Central Lakes College (Brainerd, MN)
  • Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Temple University (Philadelphia)
  • Community Living Policy Center, University of California San Francisco
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Ohio State University
  • Department of Special Education, Armenian State Pedagogical University (Armenia)
  • Department of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Department of Special Education and Child Development, University of North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • Faculty of Education, Masaryk University (Czech Republic)
  • Great Lakes LEND Collaborative
  • Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
  • Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
  • Institute on Disabilities, Temple University (Philadelphia)
  • Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University (Russian Federation)
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
  • National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), UCLA
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Research and Training Center for Family Support, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Ridgewater Community and Technical College (Willmar, MN)
  • Special Education Program, Augsburg University (Minneapolis)
  • Special Education and Transition Research Unit, University of Oregon
  • The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas (Austin)
  • University of St. Thomas (St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN)
  • University of Sydney (Australia)

PreK-12 Schools and Districts

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Lionsgate Academy (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • San Diego Unified School District
  • San Jose Unified School District
  • St. Paul Public Schools (MN)

Advocacy/Self-Advocacy Organizations

  • Advocating Change Together, Inc. (St. Paul, MN)
  • Arc Greater Twin Cities
  • Arc Minnesota
  • Autism Society of Greater Austin (TX)
  • Autism Society of Minnesota
  • CARE International
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
  • Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
  • Minnesota Disability Law Center
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
  • National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, The Arc
  • National Council on Aging
  • Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, Inc. (PACER) (Bloomington, MN)
  • Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered
  • Self-Advocates of Minnesota
  • Special Olympics (MN)
  • TASH
  • The Arc
  • VSA Minnesota

Research, Evaluation, and Communications Organizations

  • American Institutes for Research (AIR)
  • Educational Testing Service
  • Elsevier
  • Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
  • Lewin Group
  • Mathematica Policy Research Inc.
  • Minnesota Public Radio
  • National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment Inc.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • SRI International

Foundations and Funds

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC Initiative
  • MENTOR Foundation
  • Social Innovation Fund (Russian Federation)
  • The MasterCard Foundation
  • UNICEF Armenia

Professional Associations

  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
  • Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Direct Support Professional Association of Minnesota
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Minnesota Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst
  • National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals
  • National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies
  • New York State Rehabilitation Association

Service Providers/Government

  • AMCHP State Systems Grantee Network
  • Anoka County Human Services (MN)
  • ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment) Consortium
  • Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Behavioral Dimensions (St. Louis Park, MN)
  • CareProfiler (St. Paul, MN)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and state Medicaid offices in the 50 states
  • Community Involvement Programs (Minneapolis, MN)
    • Courage Center (Golden Valley, MN)
    • Dakota County Community Services (MN)
    • Florida Department of Education, Office of Special Education
    • Fraser (Minneapolis, MN)
    • Gillette Children’s Lifetime Clinic (St. Paul)
    • Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department (Minneapolis)
    • Hennepin County WIC (Minneapolis)
    • Lutheran Social Services (MN)
    • MCRI WorkSource (Mankato, MN)
    • Minnesota Department of Education
    • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    • Minnesota Department of Health
    • Minnesota Department of Human Services
    • Minnesota Department of Transportation
    • Minnesota Early Autism Program/Autism Matters
    • Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
    • Minnesota Help Me Grow
    • Minnesota Region 11 IEIC
    • Minnesota State Ombudsman for People with Developmental Disabilities
    • Minnesota State Operated Community Services
    • Mount Olivet Rolling Acres (Chanhassen, MN)
    • New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
    • Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
    • Opportunity Partners (Minnetonka, MN)
    • Owakihi (West St Paul, MN)
    • Prairie Senior Cottages (Minnetonka, MN)
    • Ramsey County Community Corrections (MN)
    • Ramsey County Human Services (MN)
    • Rise, Inc. (Spring Lake Park, MN)
    • RSI (Duluth, MN)
    • Social Security Administration
    • State Developmental Disabilities Agencies in the 50 states and DC
    • State Education Agencies in the 50 states and DC
    • St. David’s Center for Child and Family Development (Minnetonka, MN)
    • Think Small, Minnesota Region 11 IEIC
    • Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education
    • U.S. Department of Education
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • U.S. Department of Labor
    • Volunteers of America/AMICUS (MN)
    • Vail Place (Minneapolis, MN)
    • Wilderness Inquiry (Minneapolis, MN)