Jennifer Sladen

Jennifer SladenDirector, National Initiatives

“I work at The Arc to help make sure that every person with intellectual/developmental disability in every community has equal access and opportunity to have a good life – the life they choose.”

Jennifer Sladen is the Program Manager for National Initiatives at The Arc of the United States. Since joining The Arc in 2011, she 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. Because of this experience, 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.

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 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Much of her academic research focuses on identity politics, national social policies, and the European Union and its efforts/challenges in developing a comprehensive disability policy in its member states.