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Are The Family You Choose

Our Mission

Social Hangouts for Teens with Disabilities

We create inclusive social spaces for teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to form meaningful connections with their peers. We host hangouts and special events where teens can make friends, share their unique talents and abilities, strengthen their sense of belonging, and gain self-confidence along the way. 

Our programming is free to participants and their families; we believe friendship should be accessible to all, regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, or economic status. 

Our Groups


Virtual Groups

We offer virtual, 60-min hangouts via Zoom, offering different themes to choose from!

Friend Groups For Teens with Special Nee

In-Person Groups

Our in-person groups are organized by chapter, offered regularly at

multiple convenient locations in NJ. 

Get Involved



We are always welcoming new volunteers at We've Got Friends Hangouts. Click on the button below to fill out our Volunteer Application. 



We are raising money to grow our organization and offer programming throughout New Jersey and eventually, around the country. Click on the button below to do donate. 

Start A Group


If you would like to start a We've Got Friends group in your area, fill out the form below and let us know where you are located. 


"We've got friends, oh yes we do..."
Tracy Ullman, Parent

Just having a friend is so important for teens with special needs. Once kids can hang out on their own, teens with special needs tend to be at home with no friends around and nothing to do. There are programs that provide sports and targeted activities but nothing where teens with special needs can just hang out relax and socialize like their typical peers. Creating this environment is what 'We've Got Friends' is all about.


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