Family and Individual Supports

Facilitated by:

Jennifer Sladen and Nancy Murray

Thank you for your interest in joining a Special Interest Group (SIG).

SIG Description

This SIG is a space for case managers, support brokers, program managers, chapter executives, and direct support professionals who support people with I/DD and their families to share information and discuss best practices, innovative supports, research opportunities and federal Medicaid policy that impact people with I/DD and their families.

SIG Facilitators

  1. Jennifer Sladen

    Program Manager for National Initiatives, The Arc, Washington, DC

    Since joining The Arc in 2011, Jennifer Sladen has contributed to several projects relating to autism, employment, health, and family support. Before this, Jenny was a long-time volunteer and direct service provider at her local Chapter in Indiana. Jenny has also dedicated her studies to learning more about politics and policies that impact people with intellectual disability worldwide. She received bachelor degrees in international studies and political science from Indiana University and a master degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Because of her experiences and studies, she is excited and honored help offer Chapters of The Arc opportunities to improve and strengthen their local services and better serve people with intellectual disability and their families.

  2. Nancy Murray

    President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA, Pittsburgh, PA

    Nancy Murray has 35 years experience in the disability field in the areas of public policy, advocacy, supports coordination, health care and state government serving people with disabilities and their families. She has served as the Coordinator of the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital (UPMC) of Pittsburgh, the Director of Supports Coordination at Staunton Clinic in Pittsburgh, and the Western Area Director of the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania. She has conducted hundreds of seminars and has written numerous articles for families and professionals on disability issues. She is the Project Director of ACHIEVA’s Disability Healthcare Initiative which is focused on access to healthcare for people with disabilities and ACHIEVA’s innovative “A Home of My Own” project which is working on working with families to blend resources and create more affordable housing for people with disabilities.