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Parent and Teen Support

  • The Teens Coping Program is a great peer support network run under Granite State Independent Living based out of Concord, NH. Meetings are held quarterly on Saturdays to talk about subjects such as disability awareness, adapted driving, going to college, community involvement and much more! If interested, feel free to contact Jeff Dickinson, facilitator of the Teens Coping Program. You can email him at or call him directly at (800) 826-3700.
  • If you're interested in joining a local spina bifida support group, think about joining The Spina Bifida Awareness & Support Group, which provides support for families in and around NH. The primary goal of the group is to work with families who are expecting a baby to be born with spina bifida. Having a baby with spina bifida can be extremely overwhelming; however, as a volunteer at DHMC and the mother of a child with spina bifida, the group organizer, Michelle Drago, can help. The second mission of the group is to provide a relaxed atmosphere in which families can share experiences, support, and advice. Regularly scheduled meetings are held in Concord. For more information, please contact Michelle Drago at (603) 783-4685 or by email at
  • The STAR Program at DHMC assists teens in meeting the challenges that both adolescence and chronic health conditions pose. The program targets adolescents thirteen years of age and older who have chronic medical conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, diabetes, Crohn's disease/colitis, asthma, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, seizure disorders, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, cardiology conditions and cerebral palsy.
  • Parent to Parent of Vermont and Parent to Parent of New Hampshire are statewide organizations helping families with children with special needs find support from other parents, healthcare professionals, and the communities in which they live.
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